Alumni Book Club

Fall 2016 Books

Literary Interactions Between China and Canada

Chinese Language Book Club – Literary Interactions between China and Canada by Laifong Leung and Jia Ma

The book Literary Interactions between China and Canada is one of the 17 volume project “Literary Interactions between China and Foreign Countries” produced by Shandong Education Press. This 450,000-word book is the first work to explore the topic and it lays the foundation for future studies. The book, largely based on primary sources, recreates the… Read more


Japanese Language Book Club – ねむり Nemuri by Haruki Murakami

One night, a well-to-do Japanese housewife suddenly saw an aged man ceaselessly watering her feet which she felt were rotting away. From the morning after, her routine life with her husband and son began to transform. Somehow, her senses were rejuvenated. She began to feel alive—even though she ‘stopped’ sleeping all the while. Haruki Murakami… Read more

All True Not a Lie In It

Book Club – All True Not a Lie in It by Alix Hawley, BA’97

Told in his inimitable, haunting voice, All True Not a Lie in It is the story of a search for paradise, and what happens when it goes wrong. It hinges on pioneer Daniel Boone’s captivity by the Shawnee during the Revolutionary War, after the kidnapping and rescue of one child and the murder of another…. Read more

Previous Books

Book of Sands

Book of Sands by Karim Alrawi

Book Club Spring 2016

Facilitated by the author, Karim Alrawi. An atmospheric, multi-layered story of intimate lives, informed by recent events and heightened by touches of magic realism, set against the wider canvas of historic events.


Curiosity by Joan Thomas

Book Club Fall 2015

Facilitated by Rhea Tregebov, Associate Professor, Creative Writing Program. In 1812, a 12 year-old girl dug the skeleton of what she thought was a dragon out of the cliff on an English beach. Mary Anning was poor and barely literate. Her astonishing find–– a thirty-foot Ichthyosaur from the Jurassic Period—turned the science of the day upside down and set the course of Mary’s life.


Galore by Michael Crummey

Book Club Fall 2015

Facilitated by Francine Cunningham, BFA’11. An intricate family saga and love story spanning two centuries, Galore is a portrait of the improbable medieval world that was rural Newfoundland, a place almost too harrowing and extravagant to be real.

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