Thursday, June 8, 2017

2017/2018 Algonquin Reads Book Reveal!

Recognized across Canada for the power and promise of her debut collection, Mother Superior, Saleema Nawaz proves with Bone and Bread that she is one of our most talented and uniquely Canadian storytellers. Nawaz charts new territory in this novel by merging complex themes such as racial tensions within a multi-cultural society mixed with teenage pregnancy, sibling rivalry, sexual identity, a life-threatening eating disorder and the rights of everyday citizens to protest. Nawaz has created a rich narrative of fascinating characters while simultaneously weaving in distinctly Canadian reference points like the 1995 Quebec referendum. When we first meet the main character, Beena, she is in Ottawa grappling with grief as her sister has died suddenly and strangely. Beena is left with a burden of guilt and an unsettled feeling about the circumstances of her sister's death, which she sets about to uncover. The present day is intermixed with flashbacks to their childhood in Montreal’s Hasidic community of Mile End. Born to a Sikh father and Caucasian mother, both sisters try to make sense of the rich, confusing brew of values, rituals, and beliefs that form their inheritance. Read it this summer, and you’ll be ready to participate in the Algonquin Reads events starting in the fall.

Monday, October 24, 2016

Buy used books at amazing prices and support Algonquin Reads!

On October 25 and 26 from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm, stop by the book sale tables in Student Commons and the J-N Link to pick up textbooks, hard cover and soft cover books, magazines, CDs, and childrens’ books for prices ranging from 50¢ to $3.00. All funds raised from the sale of books will support Algonquin Reads programming, including author visits and the cash prize for the student writing contest.

Monday, October 17, 2016

Algonquin Reads Selfie Contest!

To enter the contest:
1. Follow @algonquin_reads or @ACReads
2. Tag @algonquin_reads in a selfie of you reading David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell, and include #ACReads.
The first random draw for a $10 Starbucks gift card will be October 31st; a second draw for a $10 campus connections card will be Nov. 30th . Draw for most creative selfie of the fall term for a $10 Starbucks gift card with mug will be Dec. 5th.
All entries must be submitted by 11:59 pm EST the last day of each month to qualify for our prize of that month. The winner will be announced on the first of the month, we appreciate your patience while we verify all the entries. Good luck! Per Instagram rules, we must mention this is in no way sponsored, administered, or associated with Instagram, Inc. By entering, entrants confirm they are 13+ years of age, release Instagram of responsibility, and agree to Instagram's term of use.

Last Call for Book Donations!

If you missed our book collection at the President's Breakfast, you can drop off your donations with one of our committee members:
Michele Hall, B115 D, Monday 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and Wednesday 11 a.m. to noon
Helena Merriam, C212a, Tuesday 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Jean Timbury, B125d, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday 11 a.m. to noon
Catrina McBride, B414s, Tuesday 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and Thursday 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Deadline: Friday, October 21

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.