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U OF T ALUMNI VIRTUAL BOOK CLUB - SWIMMING BACK TO TROUT RIVER

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Swimming back to trout river
  • A virtual book club for U of T alumni
  • The session begins on January 6, 2023
  • 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 Linda Rui Feng 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 Swimming Back to Trout River by Linda Rui Feng.

In the summer of 1986, in a small Chinese village, ten-year-old Junie receives a momentous letter from her parents, who had left for America years ago: her father promises to return home and collect her by her twelfth birthday. But Junie’s growing determination to stay put in the idyllic countryside with her beloved grandparents threatens to derail her family’s shared future.

What Junie doesn’t know is that her parents, Momo and Cassia, are newly estranged from one another in their adopted country, each holding close private tragedies and histories from the tumultuous years of their youth during China’s Cultural Revolution. While Momo grapples anew with his deferred musical ambitions and dreams for Junie’s future in America, Cassia finally begins to wrestle with a shocking act of brutality from years ago. In order for Momo to fulfill his promise, he must make one last desperate attempt to reunite all three members of the family before Junie’s birthday—even if it means bringing painful family secrets to light.

Linda Rui Feng
Linda Rui Feng is an academic and writer, who is currently a professor of Chinese cultural history at the University of Toronto. 
Swimming Back to Trout River is her first novel. The novel was on the 2021 Scotiabank Giller Prize longlist.


From December 16, 2022 - February 24, 2023, purchase the book from the U of T Bookstore, in store or online, and receive 40% off. Use Code: TROUT40 at checkout. 


For alumni and friends located outside of Canada, you can purchase the ebook 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. (TBC)

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

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