The Festival’s Beyond Survival Reading Group is dedicated to opening new conversations about key Canadian primary sources. The group is not intended as a history course; the only prerequisite is a willingness to read, listen and share your ideas. We are particularly interested in facilitating a respectful, invigorating conversation between readers with different educational backgrounds, including those educated inside and outside of Canada. Readers are invited to come to all or some of the meeting as their schedules permit. Please read as much of the book as possible before the date of the meeting. All selected titles will be available either online or through the Ottawa Public Library; all should also be available in paperback or used editions at local booksellers.
Previous readings include the Royal Proclamation of 1763 and Catherine Parr Traill's The Backwoods of Canada (1836). Contact Victoria Solan [email@example.com
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On Wednesday, January 29th, we will meet at the OAG's Jackson Cafe to discuss Margaret Laurence's The Diviners (1974). The novel builds on many of the themes -- and some of the text -- of our previous reading, Catherine Parr Traill's Backwoods of Canada (1836). There is no need, however, to have read Traill in order to join in our discussion of The Diviners, so please join us if you have read enough of Laurence's book to be able to listen and share your ideas thoughtfully and respectfully. (As I've mentioned before, the reading group is an ongoing conversation, not a course, and we are open to newcomers from all backgrounds).
There is no cost to attend, and cookies, tea and coffee will be provided. Any questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org
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All books are available through the Ottawa Public Library or your local bookseller.