Discussing The Illegal with Lawrence Hill, Tracey Lindberg and Gloria Nafziger

April 19, 2016

Listen to this intimate and imaginative conversation between Lawrence Hill, Tracey Lindberg and Amnesty Refugee Campaigner Gloria Nafziger. They discuss Lawrence’s CBC Canada Reads winning novel, The Illegal, as well as the idea of home and identity, renewing hope, and how fiction can impact change in the world.

Don’t miss this chat – you’ll find it fascinating!

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The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor

April 19, 2016

Join us as we celebrate International Women’s Day this March with Sally Armstrong’s bestselling novel The Nine Lives of Charlotte Taylor, hosted by our guest reader Ann Walmsley. Charlotte Taylor is our featured author’s ancestor, and while the novel itself is fiction, her story is based upon handed-down pieces of family folklore and government documents.

Using a seamless blend of fact and fiction, Charlotte Taylor’s great-great-great granddaughter, Sally Armstrong, reclaims the life of a dauntless and unusual woman and delivers living history with all the drama and sweep of a novel.


Dogs at the Perimeter with Madeleine Thien and Marina Endicott

March 4, 2016

Join us for another excellent conversation with our Amnesty Book Club. . .

This month we are featuring Dogs at the Perimeter; whether or not you have read this month's title it's a fascinating conversation on the history of Cambodia as seen by author Madeleine Thein as she researched her story. We'll also learn the journey of writing with such grace and beauty upon the topic of genocide and its aftermath. As well as hear excepts from text from today's host Marina Endicott.

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Secret Daughter: Shilpi Somaya Gowda interviewed by fellow author Heather O’Neill

January 1, 2016

Join Giller Prize short-listed nominated Heather O’Neill, as she explores the themes of gender equality, identity and beautiful writing in her interview with Shilpi Somaya Gowda, author of the best-selling international hit, Secret Daughter.

You do not need to have read the book to enjoy today’s Amnesty International Book Club Episode. Listen and hear stories about Shilpi’s experiences growing up between countries. Learn her approach to writing multiple viewpoints. Get her take on the rights of women in India, how things are changing, and more. Plus hear about her newest novel, The Golden Son. Learn more with our Amnesty discussion guide.

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The Purchase: With authors Esi Edugyan and Linda Spalding

December 31, 2015

In this conversation with the Amnesty International Book Club, Esi Edugyan hosts Linda Spalding in a conversation around the themes and writing of Linda's novel, The Purchase. Linda shares how she was inspired to learn more about her family history in writing The Purchase, particularly in exploring reasons why her ancestors had chosen to be slave owners.  

Today's podcast was first shared as a webcast. If you would like catch our next online & free book club webcast, visit the Amnesty Book Club website to get the Newsletter.  

How the book club works: each month an acclaimed author is our guest reader. They select a book and share with our club why they feel that narrative matters. They also provide our readers with discussion questions. Launching from the themes discussed, Amnesty International will then share related and current human rights issues, helping you as a reader take action - moving from the world of stories, to an opportunity to change lives. 

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China Dog and Other Stories with Judy Fong Bates & Shyam Selvadurai

December 30, 2015

Amnesty International's Book Club is pleased to present this podcast, the second in our new series, recorded Wednesday, July 29th, 2015.

June's Book Club selection author, Judy Fong Bates, discusses China Dog and Other Stories with fellow acclaimed author and guest reader, Shyam Selvadurai. This dialogue is exceptionally personal as Judy reveals life experiences that influenced this selection of short stories and continues to colour her work.    

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Beatrice and Virgil with Yann Martel and Charles Foran

November 13, 2015

In this episode of the Amnesty International Book Club, old friends Yann Martel and Charlie Foran discuss Yann's book Beatrice & Virgil - but they don't stop there! Join us for this conversation that jumps far beyond the page of a novel and dives into many different aspects of human rights, remembering horror and facing fears.

The Amnesty International Book Club is free and online. Whether you are already in a book club looking for inspiration, or looking for a conversation to join - we invite you to visit our virtual bookshelf and browse. Each month a CanLit guest reader joins us to select a title and share their reflection upon why they choice the novel. They provide us with discussion questions, and host our featured authors in conversation. When you become a member, you can access our exclusive live webcasts from which these episodes are taken.

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The Handmaid`s Tale Webcast

July 14, 2015

Amnesty International's Book Club is pleased to present this podcast, the first in our new series. 

May’s guest reader Gail Bowen discusses The Handmaid’s Tale with fellow acclaimed author and former guest reader, Nino Ricci. As well delving into questions included in the discussion guide, Gail and Nino will be weighing in on questions posed by Book Club members. 

This is an audio recording of the engaging dialogue between Gail and Nino on June 8, 2015, for those of you who missed the live webcast

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