Sunday, August 14, 2016

Clean out your bookshelf and support Algonquin Reads!


Do you have an overflowing bookshelf at home? Any great summer reads you want to pass on? Those books can find a new home at the Algonquin Reads used book sale. Drop off your books at the Algonquin Reads table at the President’s Breakfast on August 25. All funds raised from the sale of books will support Algonquin Reads programming, including author visits and the student writing contest. To keep up to date with Algonquin Reads, follow us on Twitter: ACReads and Instagram: Algonquin_Reads.

Friday, June 3, 2016

New Book for 2016/2017!


The Algonquin Reads book for 2016/2017 is David and Goliath. You may be familiar with Malcolm Gladwell from his books Outliers and The Tipping Point. His latest book is a fascinating analysis of our perceptions of strength and weakness. He explores the inverted U curve, the trickster hero, and the strategy of the underdog and applies these ideas to education, healthcare, business and a number of other fields. No matter what field you are in, part of this book is for you. Read it this summer, and you’ll be ready to participate in the Algonquin Reads events starting in the fall. It’s available at Connections – The Campus Store for $15.

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

This year's book!

The Algonquin Reads book for 2015/2016 is Mãn. This is the second novel by Kim Thuy, whose first novel, Ru, won the 2010 Governor General’s award and is the Canada Reads book for 2015. In delicate, illuminating vignettes, Thuy’s second novel depicts her heroine’s life in Vietnam during the war, then follows her journey as she immigrates to Montreal and establishes a life for herself, cooking in her husband’s restaurant, teaching cooking classes, and publishing a cookbook. 2015 is the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and the perfect time to discover this elegantly written book about one Vietnamese-Canadian. Get your copy at Connections – The Campus Store, join the Algonquin Reads group on MyAC, and stay tuned for upcoming Algonquin Reads events

Friday, May 29, 2015

Need a Beautiful Book for your Summer Vacation? – Try Mãn by Kim Thuy

The Algonquin Reads book for 2015/2016 is Mãn. This is the second novel by Kim Thuy, whose first novel, Ru, won the 2010 Governor General’s award and is the Canada Reads book for 2015. In delicate, illuminating vignettes, Thuy’s second novel depicts her heroine’s life in Vietnam during the war, then follows her journey as she immigrates to Montreal and establishes a life for herself, cooking in her husband’s restaurant, teaching cooking classes, and publishing a cookbook. 2015 is the 40th anniversary of the end of the Vietnam War, and the perfect time to discover this elegantly written book about one Vietnamese-Canadian. Read it this summer, and you’ll be ready to participate in the Algonquin Reads events starting in the fall. It’s coming to the Connections – The Campus Store soon.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

And the winners are.... !!

Congratulations!  The winners of the Algonquin Reads Student Contest are:

Paula Norton, a student in the Office Administration Executive program, for her entry in the "Creative Category"

Marc Lavigne, a student in the Business Accounting progam, for his entry in the "Critical essay" category.
Each students wins $150 and may have their entries published in Algonquin Times! Thanks to our judges, David Bromley, Margaret Cusson, Bill Garbarino, Dan Cuddy, Steph Hulse and Faelan McEwen.

Tuesday, February 10, 2015

Best year ever to enter the Student Contest

Why is it the best year ever to enter the Algonquin Read Student Contest?

Well, the student contest is a chance to win money, and get published!  Every year, we hold the contest for students, to submit entries that are either creative in nature (written, performed, drawn,etc) or critical (critical essay, journalistic piece).  The entries are to be 'inspired' by the current Algonquin Reads book of the year.  And by inspired, we mean this in many, many ways. The entries to the contest can be in the same theme or similar characterization or settings as the chosen book. The critical essay can discuss any aspect of the book, as the student sees fit.

So this means, lots of reading right? You have to have read that book, before you can do something for the contest, right?

Well, that's why this year is so great - because the book this year is Alice Munro's book, The View from Castle Rock.  And this book is a collection of SHORT STORIES.

Aha ! So now you see the good part right?  You really only have to read ONE of the stories and base your creative or critical piece on that one story!

And luckily, Reading Week is coming up!  So get reading, and get creative!  Or critical!

I hope you will consider entering the Algonquin Reads Student Contest. Win $150 cash prizes.  Potentially get published in Algonquin Times.  

Need more info? Email me:  merriah [at] algonquincollege.com  (written this way so spammers can't find me so easily.... I hope)

Good luck to you!
Helena

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Used Book Sale


Come buy great books at great prices!

We're holding our annual Used Book Sale to raise money for Algonquin Reads. The book sale supports our activities such as author visits and even better, CASH PRIZES to students who enter our contest each year. Our student volunteers who held organize and sell the books also can receive a Co-curricular record for their transcript. 

When: Wednesday Oct 8 and Thursday Oct 9

Time: 10:00am to 2:00pm

Where: 3 locations to serve you! 

              J-N link
              Student Commons
              B building in the Rotunda

How much?

Textbooks - $3.00
Hard cover - $2.00
Paperbacks - $1.00
Magazines, CDs, Children's books - $0.50

Hope to see you there!