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Stages and Pages: You Are Happy

You Are Happy

The OPL is pleased to partner again with the Great Canadian Theatre Company to offer Stages and Pages – suggestions of library resources to accompany this season’s GCTC plays.


You Are Happy is the first play in the GCTC’s 2017-18 season.  It is a dark comedy that explores romantic love, sibling relationships, and how we define happiness.  Bridget discovers that her brother has attempted suicide in her closet and she is determined to make him happy again.  So she decides to find him a wife – at the grocery store...


See it at the GCTC from September 21, 2017 to October 8, 2017.


Check out these novels, memoirs, and films in anticipation of the play – or to further explore its themes. 



GCTC 2017-2018: You Are Happyby Emily_Biblio

As part of the Ottawa Public Library's “Stages and Pages” partnership with the Great Canadian Theatre Company, we have compiled this list to accompany the production of You Are Happy, which opens at the GCTC on September 19, 2017.

  • Image: Long Way Down
    This film, starring Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Aaron Paul, is based on Nick Hornby’s humorous and heartwarming story about four people who meet on a London rooftop on New Year’s Eve after their failed suicide attempts.
  • Image: All My Puny Sorrows
    Elfrieda is a well-respected pianist, happily married, wealthy, and has recently attempted suicide. Her sister Yolandi is divorced, struggling to raise her two teenaged children, and about to face a life-changing decision. There is also a French translation: Pauvres petits chagrins.
  • Image: Emma


    [a Modern Retelling]
    By McCall Smith, Alexander
    In this modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s Emma, our matchmaking heroine has a degree in interior design and is returning to her home village to match more than just the drapes. She is determined to guide her friend Harriet to happiness with the perfect suitor.
  • Image: Arranged


    By McKenzie, Catherine
    Anne Blythe thinks she is signing up for a dating service but it turns out to be an exclusive arranged marriage service instead. She is reluctant at first but decides to go for it and we follow her to a resort in Mexico to meet, and marry, Jack. But not is all as it seems. There is also a French translation: Sur mesure.
  • Image: The Marriage Bureau

    The Marriage Bureau

    True Stories of 1940s London Match-makers
    By Halson, Penrose
    Two determined young matchmakers, Heather Jenner and Mary Oliver, opened a marriage bureau in London in 1939. Get a glimpse of life in wartime London through the hopes, dreams, expectations, and fears of its citizens looking for husbands and wives.
  • Image: Why Not?

    Why Not?

    Fifteen Reasons to Live
    By Robertson, Ray
    Ray Robertson recounts his struggle with depression and suicidal thoughts after the publication of his sixth novel and explores the meaning of happiness and what makes life worth living.
  • Image: The Myths of Happiness

    The Myths of Happiness

    What Should Make You Happy but Doesn't, What Shouldn't Make You Happy, but Does
    By Lyubomirsky, Sonja
    Psychology professor, Sonja Lyubomirsky, dispels the many myths surrounding happiness and explores why we tend to overestimate how much joy or misery positive and negative experiences will make us feel.
  • Image: All the Single Ladies

    All the Single Ladies

    Unmarried Women and the Rise of An Independent Nation
    By Traister, Rebecca
    An insightful exploration of the history of feminism in the U.S. and the demographic shift towards more and more women choosing to postpone marriage or forgo it altogether.
  • Image: Spinster


    Making A Life of One's Own
    By Bolick, Kate
    Part memoir and part history: Kate Bolick shares her own feelings about being single, explores the lives of five women who chose to remain unmarried, and examines the changing attitudes towards independent women.
  • Image: Modern Romance
    With humour and insight, comedian Aziz Ansari and sociologist Eric Klinenberg team up to explore the perils of dating in the 21st century.