Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Student Writing contest

We are excited about our student writing contest. We are looking for either something creative that is inspired by this year's book Motorcycles and Sweetgrass or something more like a review or a piece of literary criticism. And it doesn't have to be only written. We have had submissions in the past that included a painting and a video presentation. The sky's the limit! Have fun!

There is cash prizes to be won, and fame!! You could be published in Algonquin Times, and on the Algonquin Reads web site.

This would look AMAZING on your resume, to have won this contest, so go for it and enter your piece!

The students who entered in the past were amateur writers, coming from different programs such as paralegal, outdoor adventure, library technician and more! So you can do it too!

Best of luck and contact us if you have questions about this contest and want the full contest details sent to you - email me at merriah [at] algonquincollege.com

Happy creating!

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Used Book Sale

Check out the great deals at our Used Book sale, on Tues Nov 1 and Wed Nov 2 at the Woodroffe campus, from 11-3. The money we raise funds the Algonquin Reads activities such as our annual Student Writing Contest. Prices can't be beat! Just $0.50 for paperbacks and $1.00 for hard cover. Come visit us in the Marketplace Cafeteria and in the J-N link.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Next year's book

We are excited to announce our book for next year - the 2011-2012 academic year - which is Drew Hayden Taylor's hilarious, inspiring and bestselling book, Motorcycles and Sweetgrass. This book was nominated for the Governor General's award and is now available for sale in the Algonquin College First Class bookstore. Read it now and get ready for the fun events next year!

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Books we love - part 2 (Perth)

More great recommendations from Perth campus readers...

Strangers in a strange land by Robert Heinlein

Grandmothers counsel the world : women elders offer their vision for our planet by Carol Schaefer
"Very good for the times we are in ."

Conversations with God by Neale Walsch
"Love it"

Katfka on the shore by Haruki Murakami

Heart of darkness by Joseph Conrad
"A classic philosophical tale about a man's descent into madness and life injustices and truths."
Call of the wild by Jack London
"A classic tale about the bond between man and nature."

The ground beneath her feet by Salman Rushdie

The wind-up bird chronicle : a novel by Haruki Murakami

Villa Incognito by Tom Robbins

The tiger : a true story of vengeance and survival by John Vaillant
"From the author of The Golden Spruce, an absorbing true story of tiger(s) and men."

Trauma farm by Brian Brett

Friday, February 11, 2011

Zoe Whittall coming to Algonquin College

Zoe Whittall is coming for an author reading on Friday March 11, 2011, from 11:00am to 12:00pm in room T102, Woodroffe campus. Learn more about this great book, participate in a Q&A and enjoy some refreshments on us!

Check out Zoe's blog at: http://zoewhittall.blogspot.com/

Thursday, January 13, 2011

More Books We Love. . .

Thanks to Pembroke for these great recommendations and keep sharing!

The Gargoyle by Andrew Davidson
I loved this book! This was a book that chose me. It’s an intriguing tale of a man whose life consists of drugs and pornography until he is in a car accident and his body is severely burned. His identity is stripped away when his body is devastated by the burns. He plans suicide until a patient from the psych ward starts to visit him and proclaims that she has known him in their past lives. With the help of Marianne Engel, he heals his body and more importantly, his soul.
-Vickyrae, Library Technician

The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz

Anything by Chuck Palahniuck

Infidel by Ayaan Hirsi Ali
A memoir that recounts Ayaan’s life growing up in Somalia and her escape to the Netherlands.

Outlander Series by Diana Gabaldon
Dragonfly in Amber
Drums of Autumn
The Fiery Cross
A Breadth of Snow and Ashes
An Echo in the Bone

The Power of Now: A Guide to Spiritual Enlightenment by Eckhart Tolle
This book explains the importance of staying in the present moment. If you find you have a lot of fear and uncertainty about yourself and your life, this book will help bring more peace into your life.

Transformation in Christ by Dietrich von Hildebrand
Dietrich von Hildebrand, son of the famous German painter, started life in a luxurious villa in Florence, surrounded by the urbane artistic leaders of Europe’s cultural scene, with their materialistic beliefs and values, alongside their intellectual and cultural richness. This is an extremely perceptive analysis of the spiritual world he found as he became transformed in Christ through his church after a famous German philosopher shocked him y saying, ”the Catholic Church has the truth”.

The Joy of Cooking by Irma Rombauer
The standard source for standard but delicious fare.

The Book of “John”
The fourth gospel book in the New Testament is the personal story of a teen chosen to be a disciple of Jesus.

To Live Again by Catherine Marshall
After her husband died, in the middle of life, the future for young mom Catherine looked bleak. Through her trust in God, she followed the adventures he had for her, out of her depths to a productive, joyful life as an influential author, as her books on her husband’s sermons and life brought many people inspiration by reading them and seeing the very popular movie made from “A Man Called Peter”. A true story.

Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin
First ambassador to France from the United States, early researcher in electricity, influential 18th century political thinker; this down to earth account details the principles and discipline that he systematically used to accomplish so much, so well.

Crisis in Masculinity
Read this if you don’t think it matters how fathers rear children beyond a pay cheque.