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U OF T ALUMNI VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB - Fall 2020 Session

Connect with fellow alumni who love books

  • A virtual book club for U of T alumni
  • The first session begins on Sept. 28, 2020 and runs until Nov. 23, 2020
  • Each session covers one book with weekly discussions
  • Missed the registration deadline? Email regional.programs@alumni.utoronto.ca
  • Already read the book? You're still welcome to join the discussion!
  • If you've already signed up for our book club, your membership rolls over into the next cycle

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 Testaments by U of T alumna Margaret Atwood (BA, VIC 1961).

Margaret Atwood's dystopian masterpiece, The Handmaid's Tale, has become a modern classic—and now she brings the iconic story to a dramatic conclusion in this riveting sequel.

More than fifteen years after the events of The Handmaid's Tale, the theocratic regime of the Republic of Gilead maintains its grip on power, but there are signs it is beginning to rot from within. At this crucial moment, the lives of three radically different women converge, with potentially explosive results.

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 our last session, "Talking to Strangers", 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


Computer Literacy

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

U of T Alumni Online

U of T alumni online programming includes free Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs), the U of T alumni book club, and online lectures and webinars on a wide range of topics from health to computing to Indigenous Studies.

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