The Buzz About Books

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Spyros Caragiannis

Do you love reading? Would you like to share your love of books with others at John Abbott College? If so, you may want to join us at a BOOKbuzz event hosted by the Academic Success Centre.

BOOKbuzz is a community of students, faculty, and staff who meet two or three times a semester to talk about books that we are currently engrossed in or have fascinated us at some point. Our participants include students from many diverse programs and are co-facilitated by Information and Library Technologies students. We are also joined by ILT, Humanities, Liberal Arts, and English faculty, as well as JAC staff from throughout the college. Our events are informal, with no assigned books to read; they serve as a springboard for a celebration of reading and literature. Discussion is open and lively, and often leads to the most unexpected of destinations. Everyone is invited to participate if they choose, as much or as little as they feel comfortable.

The topics and themes that we cover are limitless. Some of our most stimulating conversations have centered on real or imagined animals in fiction, ghosts, and the supernatural, as well as the quality of movies adapted from books versus the books themselves. We have explored various genres and formats, including graphic novels, steampunk, and erudite mysteries. We have debated differences between reading fiction and non-fiction and how different seasons influence our reading habits. We have also been fortunate to have guest speakers, such as local steampunk and young adult novelist Rob St. Martin, share their experiences as authors and insight into the creative process.

So if you would like to discover worthwhile books, meet others at JAC who share your passion for reading, and enjoy great refreshments at our semester events or our summer picnic under the sun, come join us. We would love to see and hear from you. For more information, check our announcements on Omnivox, send a MIO to the Academic Success Centre, or just drop by!

Our first event will be held in early October. Stay tuned!

Originally Published in Bandersnatch Vol.49 Issue 07 on December 4th, 2019