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U OF T ALUMNI VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB - NOWHERE GIRL: A MEMOIR OF A FUGITIVE CHILDHOOD

Connect with fellow alumni who love books

  • A virtual book club for U of T alumni
  • The session begins on May 27, 2022
  • 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 Cheryl Diamond on Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 2pm EDT hosted by PBC Guru

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 Nowhere Girl: A Memoir of a Fugitive Childhood by Cheryl Diamond

Nowhere Girl CoverWhat if the people you love most are not who you thought they were? What if you don’t know who you are, either? Cheryl Diamond’s memoir begins when she is four and her family is in Kashmir, India, hurtling down the Himalayas in their battered station wagon headed for the Golden Temple, the holiest site in the Sikh religion. The family are Sikhs. Today. In a few years they will be Jewish. Cheryl’s name is Harbhajan. Today. But in a few years she will be Crystal. By the time she turns nine, Cheryl has had at least six assumed identities. She has lived on five continents, fleeing the specter of Interpol and law enforcement. Her father, a master financial criminal, or so she believes, uproots the family at the slightest sign of suspicion.

From now until June 30th 2022, purchase the book from the U of T Bookstore, in store or online, and receive 20% off. Use Code: NOWHERE20 at checkout. 

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


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

Have questions about this event?

Contact Anna Kadir at anna.kadir@utoronto.ca

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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