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Book club

This year we will offer two separate book club sessions: one in the fall and one in the winter.

The book club is an opportunity to engage in learning and professional development by reading a book; getting together with your colleagues to explore new ideas; network; discuss the content of the book; and create an action plan to apply your learning at work and in life.

Format

  • Participants will meet three times as a group.
  • Each person receives a personal copy of the book (yours to keep), along with guided questions to consider for discussion with the larger group.
  • Participants read the book!
  • Sessions focus on a discussion about the contents and themes of the book, sharing thoughts about how the ideas presented in the book may be applied within the university community. 

Facilitator

Jennifer Topping, Organizational Development, Human Resources

Session information

  • Fall offering

    Seven Fallen Feathers

    front cover of seven fallen feathers

    By Tanya Talaga

    In 1966, 12-year-old Chanie Wenjack froze to death on the railway tracks after running away from residential school. An inquest was called and four recommendations were made to prevent another tragedy. None of those recommendations were applied.

    More than a quarter of a century later, from 2000 to 2011, seven Indigenous high school students died in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The seven were hundreds of miles away from their families, forced to leave home and live in a foreign and unwelcoming city. Five were found dead in the rivers surrounding Lake Superior, below a sacred Indigenous site.

    Jordan Wabasse, a gentle boy and star hockey player, disappeared into the cold night. The body of celebrated artist Norval Morrisseau's grandson, Kyle, was pulled from a river, as was Curran Strang's.

    Using a sweeping narrative focusing on the lives of the students, award-winning investigative journalist Tanya Talaga delves into the history of this small northern city that has come to manifest Canada's long struggle with human rights violations against Indigenous communities. (From House of Anansi)

    Dates:

    • Wednesday, October 30 from 2 to 3 p.m.
    • Friday, November 15 from 2 to 3 p.m.
    • Friday, December 6 from 2 to 3 p.m.

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  • Winter offering

    The Book Thief

    book cover

    By Markus Zusak

    The extraordinary #1 New York Times bestseller that is now a major motion picture, Markus Zusak's unforgettable story is about the ability of books to feed the soul. 

    When Death has a story to tell, you listen.

    It is 1939. Nazi Germany. The country is holding its breath. Death has never been busier and will become busier still.

    Liesel Meminger is a foster girl living outside of Munich, who scratches out a meager existence for herself by stealing when she encounters something she can’t resist—books. With the help of her accordion-playing foster father, she learns to read and shares her stolen books with her neighbours during bombing raids as well as with the Jewish man hidden in her basement. 

    In superbly crafted writing that burns with intensity, award-winning author Markus Zusak gives us one of the most enduring stories of our time.

    “The kind of book that can be life-changing.” - The New York Times

    "Deserves a place on the same shelf with The Diary of a Young Girl by Anne Frank."  - USA Today

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