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University of Guelph announces 5th Annual Gryphons Read program

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The University of Guelph announces the 5th annual Gryphons Read common reading project, which will encourage first-year students and other members of the university community to connect with each other and to enter into meaningful conversations by reading and discussing the same book. Gryphons Read is a collaboration between the College of Arts, the Office of the Provost, the Library, and the Experiential Learning Hub.

This year, that book is Vivek Shraya’s The Subtweet published by Toronto’s ECW Press. On Wednesday, September 29th, Shraya will join the University of Guelph community virtually to give a talk to students, faculty, staff, and the community. She will also be meeting with the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA students on September 30th.

Although this year’s Gryphons Read remains virtual, the same heart, energy and effort has been put into the 2021 program. Experiential Learning Hub staff have been recruiting trainers, facilitators and participants, planning the training, developing resource materials, and overseeing program implementation and evaluation. Interim Committee Chair, Professor Brittany Luby, is pleased with about this year’s virtual encounter since, she says, “Excitement about reading the book and meeting the author extends across the globe this year since the online platform permits visitors from our far-flung friends.” The committee is delighted about the opportunity to connect with people across the Guelph campus, the Guelph community, and across the world to share a love of reading.

Love reading? Love discussing? Before the author's main event, Gryphons Read hosts book clubs reading The Subtweet. The clubs offer a virtual space for students to connect, to discuss the book, and make some new friends! To receive your free digital copy of The Subtweet and learn more about participating in book clubs, visit the Gryphons Read GryphLife page and join our Gryphons Read MS Teams channel.

Shraya’s novel was the 2020 Finalist for the Toronto Book Awards, the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards for Transgender Fiction Finalist, and 2021 Dublin Literary Award Finalist. Shraya is a best-selling author (I’m Afraid of Men), musician, director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation, and an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Calgary.

Vivek Shraya’s main event – in conversation with Canadian DJ Roshanie – takes place on September 29th from 5-7 PM and is free and open to the public. Register TODAY on Eventbrite. Please note, you will receive an email with the Teams Live event link after registration.

To register for the book club, please visit:

Sponsored by the Office of the Provost, McLaughlin Library, the Experiential Learning Hub, and the College of Arts at the University of Guelph

Sandra Sabatini
University of Guelph Gryphons Read committee co-ordinator
519-824-4120 x53869


Schedule of Events*

Monday, September 27
Specialized Class Talks with Vivek Shraya (1:30-2:30 PM)

Wednesday, September 29
Gryphons Read: In Conversation with Vivek Shraya and Roshanie (5-7 PM)

Thursday, September 30
MFA Creative Writing “Master Class” with Vivek Shraya (University of Guelph Humber)

The Subtweet Book Club – dates tbd

*Please note dates and times may be subject to change.