Connect with fellow alumni who love books.
- A virtual book club for U of T alumni
- The session begins on January 5, 2024
- Each session covers one book with weekly discussions
- Register any time during the book club cycle
- Already read the book? You're still welcome to join the discussion!
- Virtual Live Author Talk with Amita Parikh will be featured
The University of Toronto is pleased to invite you to join our Alumni Virtual Book Club. Join fellow alumni for lively discussion about books related to lifelong learning, social issues, psychology and more.
Our next title is The Circus Train by Amita Parikh.
Water for Elephants meets The Night Circus in this World War II debut about a magnificent travelling circus, a star-crossed romance, and one girl’s coming-of-age during the darkest of times.
Lena Papadopoulos has never quite found her place within the circus, even as the daughter of the extraordinary headlining illusionist, Theo. Brilliant and curious, Lena yearns for the real-world magic of science and medicine, despite her father's overprotection and the limits her world places on her because she is disabled. Her unconventional life takes an exciting turn when she rescues Alexandre, an orphan with his own secrets and a mysterious past. Over several years, as their friendship flourishes and Alexandre trains as the illusionist's apprentice, World War II escalates around them. When Theo and Alexandre are contracted to work and perform in a model town for Jews set up by the Nazis, Lena becomes separated from everything she knows. Forced to make her own way, Lena must confront her doubts and dare to believe in the impossible--herself.
Amita Parikh was born and raised in Scarborough, Ontario. She earned an Hons. BSc from the University of Toronto, then spent over a decade working in the tech start-up industry in Europe and Canada.
Her debut historical fiction novel, The Circus Train, was an instant national bestseller in Canada and is out now everywhere.
From December 21, 2023 - February 15, 2024, purchase the book from the U of T Bookstore, in store or online, and receive 20% off. Use Code: CIRCUS20 at checkout.
For alumni and friends located outside of Canada, see options for purchasing the book HERE.
How it Works
The U of T Alumni Virtual Book Club will connect through a private forum, powered by PBC Guru, where participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining is free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. Please note that if you signed up for one of our previous sessions, then you're already registered - just sign into the U of T online portal.
To get started and access the book club, you will need to create an account via our book club portal:
- Click on the "Registration" button on the side bar to your right
- You'll be taken directly to the sign-up page
- Fill out the mandatory fields and then join
- You'll be sent a confirmation email and a link to join the group
You will need to have knowledge of the following skills to participate in this book club:
- Ability to use online communication tools, such as email (create, send, receive, reply, print, send/receive attachments), discussion boards (read, search, post, reply, follow threads), chats, and messengers.
- Understanding of basic computer hardware and software; ability to perform computer operations, such as:
- Using software applications, such as email programs
- Knowledge of copying and pasting, spell-checking
- Internet skills (connecting, accessing, using browsers) and ability to perform online research using search engines
Have questions about this event?
Contact Anna Kadir at firstname.lastname@example.org
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