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U of R Need to Read Alumni & Friends Online Book Club


We have created an online book club exclusively for University of Regina alumni and friends, focusing on the incredible benefits (and fun) of lifelong learning - with topics ranging from leadership, personal growth and so much more. After our inaugural reading period, future books will be voted on by members. Book club members will connect through a private forum where alumni and friends can discuss the current book and connect with each other - available 24/7 around the globe!

Our Fall reading session book is:

From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
By Jesse Thistle

In this extraordinary and inspiring debut memoir, Jesse Thistle, once a high school dropout and now a rising Indigenous scholar, chronicles his life on the streets and how he overcame trauma and addiction to discover the truth about who he is.

An eloquent exploration of the impact of prejudice and racism, From the Ashes is, in the end, about how love and support can help us find happiness despite the odds.

Reading and discussion for our Fall reading session begins October 15!
Joining the book club is completely free. You just have to pick up a copy of the book—at your library, a bookstore or online from* The group will read one book every two months, so you will have plenty of time to read.

Plus, you don’t have to commit to reading every book—life is challenging enough, we’ve designed our book club to be stress free!


  Virtual Fireside Chat with author Jesse Thistle
Wednesday, November 25
Noon - 1:00 p.m. CST

We are excited to announce this exclusive event. Join us as we host Jesse for a virtual chat about his inspiring and award-winning memoir.

Visit the book club’s online forum for more details and post your questions for Jesse. Read Jesse's biography.

This is a free event, and all alumni are encouraged to attend. Register here!

*Online purchases made at using our link help support the U of R Student Emergency Fund for students whose lives and finances have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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