Book Club

Immerse yourself in a great book, join a community discussion, and visit with the author.

Nominations for the 2016-17 Book Club are now open!
Anyone can make a nomination. Just send the title of the book, the name of its author and (if you wish) a short statement about why would it be a good book of the year candidate.
Email your nominations to before Jan. 14, 2016.
Some things to consider:

  • Fiction and nonfiction books are both eligible
  • The book’s author can live anywhere in the world (but must be living!)
  • The best nominations are books with international acclaim that are relevant to many disciplines across our unique college: humanities, fine arts, sciences and social sciences

About the Arts & Science Book Club

The Arts & Science Book Club brings together the entire College of Arts & Science in the study of a chosen book, culminating in a visit by the author. The college encourages students, staff and faculty to read the book in anticipation of the author's visit, and asks faculty to incorporate the book into their courses wherever possible.

Book Club selections are chosen by a committee from nominations submitted by faculty, staff, students and alumni of the College of Arts & Science.

Arts & Science Book Club

Half-Blood Blues by Esi Edugyan is the 2015-2016 College of Arts & Science Book Club book of the year.
Edugyan was on campus on Oct. 22 to discuss her award-winning book and present a lecture about her life as a writer. Watch the full “My Writing Life” lecture here:

About Half-Blood Blues and Esi Edugyan

In a powerful tale of black jazz musicians trapped in Germany and France at the outbreak of World War II, Esi Edugyan examines the terrifying chaos and racism that marked the Nazis' rise to power. Narrated in the rhythmic cadences and lingo of its African-American characters, Half-Blood Blues explores the nature of friendship, loyalty, talent and genius, and how each one shapes a life.

Esi Edugyan was born in Calgary and now lives in Victoria. Half-Blood Blues won the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize, the Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction and the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize. Her previous book, The Second Life of Samuel Tyne, was published in Canada in 2004.

To read an interview with Esi Edugyan, click here.

Read more about Esi Edugyan here.

Past Book Club Authors


More Info

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