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


Thank you to all the alumni (over 200!) who jumped in to join us as part of the launch of the University of Regina Alumni & Friends Online Book Club in June 2020! Our book club focuses on the incredible benefits (and fun) of lifelong learning, with topics ranging from leadership to personal growth – and so much more. As a member, you get to vote on book club selections for each reading period. Book club members participate 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 current book club members voted and the Spring 2021 reading session book is:

The Midnight Library
By Matt Haig

Somewhere out beyond the edge of the universe there is a library that contains an infinite number of books, each one the story of another reality. One tells the story of your life as it is, along with another book for the other life you could have lived if you had made a different choice at any point in your life. While we all wonder how our lives might have been, what if you had the chance to go to the library to see for yourself? Would any of these other lives truly be better?

In The Midnight Library, Matt Haig's enchanting new novel, Nora Seed finds herself faced with this decision. Faced with the possibility of changing her life for a new one, following a different career, undoing old breakups, realizing her dreams of becoming a glaciologist; she must search within herself as she travels through the Midnight Library to decide what is truly fulfilling in life, and what makes it worth living in the first place.

Watch this quick YouTube video as author, Matt Haig, introduces his new bestselling novel.

Reading and discussion for our Spring reading session begins March 18, 2021!

This book is sure to bring thoughtful conversation and reflection. 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 Online purchases made through 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.

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!


One Book, One Province, Saskatchewan

This month, the U of R Alumni & Friends Online Book Club is pleased to support One Book, One Province, Saskatchewan, held annually each March. This year's book is Blanket Toss under Midnight Sun by Paul Seesequasis. This beautiful book is an "invaluable historical record...a meaningful act of reclamation, showing the ongoing resilience of Indigenous communities, past, present and future."

One book, One Province is an initiative of the Saskatchewan Library Association that seeks to increase literacy, create a reading culture, and encourage social engagment by bringing people together around a shared story. Events with the author are planned throughout the month of March. This is the program's fifth year. Typically, events would be in person but given our current situation, they will all be digital.

More information and event registration details can be found on the Saskatchewan Library Association website. We'll also post some of the events in the alumni calendar. Book club members - share your thoughts on the book with the Book Club in our dedicated section for the 2021 One Book, One Province, Saskatchewan.

  Missed out on our virtual chat with Jesse? View the recording!

Virtual Fireside Chat with Jesse Thistle
Author of From the Ashes: My Story of being Metis, Homeless, and Finding My Way
Wednesday, November 25, 2020)

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