Alumni Book Club

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Join the Alumni Association free online book club. 
The book club will connect through a private online forum where members can discuss the current book and network with each other. The group will spend two months on each book. Please see link below for information about the discussions and how to join. Participation is free, you just need to get a copy of the book to join in.   


Up Next Book #24: 
Jennie's Boy: A Newfoundland Childhood
by Wayne Johnston
Reading period - March 15 - May


About the book  

Jennie’s Boy by Wayne Johnston is a memoir that offers an intimate glimpse into six months of Johnston’s childhood in Newfoundland, marked by resilience, humour, and the profound bond within his family, particularly with his mother, Jennie. Covering a period of hardship, constant movement due to housing issues, and a life lived on the edge of poverty, Johnston paints a portrait of a family’s determination and the community that both supported and challenged them.

About the Author     

Wayne Johnston was born and raised in Goulds, Newfoundland. After a brief stint in pre-Med, Wayne obtained a BA in English from Memorial University. He worked as a reporter for the St. John's Daily News before deciding to devote himself full-time to writing.

En route to being published, Wayne earned an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. Then he got off to a quick start. His first book, The Story of Bobby O'Malley, published when he was 27 years old, won the WH Smith/Books in Canada First Novel award for the best first novel published in the English language in Canada in that year. The Divine Ryans was adapted to a film, for which Wayne wrote the screenplay. Baltimore's Mansion, a memoire dealing with his grandfather, his father and Wayne himself, won the Charles Taylor Prize. Both The Colony of Unrequited Dreams and The Navigator of New York were on bestseller lists in Canada and have been published in the US, Britain, Germany, Holland, China and Spain. Colony was identified by the Globe and Mail newspaper as one of the 100 most important Canadian books ever produced.

Reading Schedule

  • On March 15th, visit Before the Book in our forum and begin reading Jennie’s Boy
  • By March 29th, finish reading through Chapter 5
  • By April 5th, finish reading through Chapter 9
  • By April 12th, finish reading through Chapter 15
  • By April 26th, finish reading through Chapter 21
  • By May 3rd, finish reading the book and join our After the Book forum discussion.

UWindsor Book Club - Online Forum

This page is for current members of the University of Windsor Book Club. Visit the online forum for the latest news about the club, the current book and opportunities for online engagement. 

Author book talks are available for Book Club members

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For more information or assistance with joining the Alumni book club contact, or call 519-971-3618.