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Cover of And Then She Fell, a novel by Alicia Elliott. Branches and insects encroaching on a face and leaves flying around. Gryphons Read logo.

Gryphons Read 2024: And Then She Fell, Alicia Elliott

Welcome to Gryphons Read!

Gryphons Read is a tradition at the University of Guelph, started by the well-known and well-loved author and U of G faculty, Lawrence Hill. Each year, a book that explores diverse identities and lived experiences, and is authored by a Canadian writer, is selected to be shared and read by the campus community. Gryphons Read hosts the author on campus for a few days in late September where they meet with students, staff, faculty, and community members in various classes and public events.

Image reads: What Strange Paradise, a novel. Meet the author: Omar El Akkad, September 26, 2023 at 7:00pm. With an image of the author and gryphons read logo

Gryphons Read 2023 - What Strange Paradise, Omar El Akkad

Omar El Akkad
What Strange Paradise

Public Talk: Tuesday, September 26th @ 7 PM
Robert Whitelaw Room, 2nd Floor, McLaughlin Library

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U of G’s annual common reading project – Gryphons Read – celebrates its seventh iteration. This year’s novel is What Strange Paradise, by Egyptian-Canadian author and journalist, Omar El Akkad. It is the story of two children finding their way through a hostile world. But it is also a story of empathy and indifference, of hope and despair – and about the way each of those things can blind us to reality.

SETS Graduate Kimberley Rampersad Receives Rave Reviews for King Lear at Stratford!

The College of Arts is beaming with pride as its theatre graduate, Kimberley Rampersad, earns accolades for her direction of King Lear at the prestigious Stratford Festival. Rampersad's production has received glowing reviews, with critics praising her skillful portrayal of the classic tragedy's themes. Running until October 29th, this remarkable rendition of King Lear promises a captivating theatrical experience. Don't miss the chance to witness Rampersad's talent in action at Stratford!

Dr. Ajay Heble Wins Prestigious Killam Prize Worth $100,000!

Dr. Ajay Heble, faculty member in the School of English and Theatre Studies as well as the founding director of U of G's International Institute for Critical Improvisation has been awarded a 2023 Killam Prize, among the most distinguished research awards in Canada. 

To read more about this incredible achievement, read the U of G's news release.

Congratulations, Dr. Heble!