How It Works

We have partnered with Memorial University of Newfoundland to create a virtual book club for alumni, faculty and staff, celebrating Newfoundland and Labrador literature. The book club will connect through a private forum where all participants can discuss the current book and network with each other. Joining is completely free; you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy. The book club will read one book every two months so that you'll have plenty of time for each book.

Our October to December Selection:

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The Innocents:

A Novel

by Michael Crummey

Why Join

1. Celebrate Newfoundland and Labrador literature: The arts in Newfoundland and Labrador are renowned worldwide. Giller Prize-nominated authors such as Megan Gail Coles (BA ‘03), Elizabeth Penashue (Hon. LLD ‘05), Michael Crummey (BAH ‘87), Wayne Johnson (BA ’79, Hon. LLT ‘07) bring the rugged landscape and collective grit of the province to life. The fierce, feisty, complex yet heartfelt culture and perseverance leaps from the page and into readers’ hearts.
2. Connect with the Memorial University family: Memorial University was founded as the people’s university, and established as a living memorial to those who died in the First World War and subsequent conflicts. The university is inherently rooted in Newfoundland and Labrador. With a special obligation to the people of the province, our history and culture is documented and revitalized through local literature, which has made waves nationally and internationally.
3. Converse with fellow alumni and book lovers: Engaging in lively conversation either online or in-person or both brings new perspectives on the subject matter and art form, broadening readers’ understanding and enjoyment of each book. Some selections will feature an in-person event with the author, which readers may attend live or watch via webcast.

Frequently Asked Questions

How often will books be read, what is the time commitment and what are the expectations?

We will have selections throughout the year. The books will be written by Newfoundland and Labrador authors (many of whom may be Memorial alumni themselves!), and reflect various aspects of our province’s history, culture, economic development and more. Participants will gain and contribute unique perspectives, whether or not they were born in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Will there be any in-person meetings of the book club?

Yes! Three of the selections will feature a live event at the St. John’s Campus, hosted by a moderator, during which the author will do a live reading and engage in a Q&A with the audience. We aim for book selections will explore different geographic regions of Newfoundland and Labrador.

Is there any cost to participate?

Participation is free for all alumni of Memorial!

How do I get the books?

To purchase books directly from the Memorial University bookstore (who are offering a discount for book club members) click here. Participants can also get books for free at their local library or purchase them at their preferred retailer.

Can only alumni participate?

Alumni and friends of Memorial University are invited to join our book club. If you are not alumni of Memorial but would like to participate, please contact us at munalum@mun.ca.

How do book club discussions work?

The book club will have a moderator from PBC Guru who manages the forum where discussions occur online. The moderator will pose questions to the book club, share relevant articles and facilitate conversation about topics in the book. Members will be encouraged to post and share as well. This format allows for ongoing conversation and makes it easy for readers to connect with each other through the forum.

How do I make a forum profile?

We're using a private forum to host the virtual book club so it's easy to connect with fellow alumni. During our sign up process, you will enter the information to auto-generate your free profile. After you complete the sign up, we'll send you a link to the forum and you can begin to post right away!

What exactly is PBC Guru and what do they have to do with the book club?

Professional Book Club (PBC) Guru is a book club management company that works with businesses, alumni associations and professional societies. We are teaming up with PBC to put this program in place for alumni. You can check out their website at www.pbc.guru if you want to see more of what they do.

I've already signed up. How do I log in?

If you are already a member, you can click the log in button above.

What if my question isn't answered?

Feel free to send an email to info@pbc.guru who are happy to help.