A pile of books spelling out Book Club on the spines and two teacups

    Exchange ideas, meet new friends, and participate in engaging discussions and book reviews in a friendly and welcoming setting at our free monthly Book Club. You can also make a day of it at the MNjcc – come for our morning Book Club gathering and stay for our Thursday afternoon cultural program, concert, lecture or literary event. Programs run from October – June. 

    Book reviewer: Beverley Fingerhut

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    Upcoming dates: October 24, November 21, January 16, March 12
    11:00 AM - 12:30 PM









    Book cover for a Place for UsThursday October 24

    A Place For Us 

    By Fatima Farheen Mirza 

    Instant New York TimesBestseller and named One of the Best Books of 2018 by: TheWashington Post, People, and Buzzfeed.

    A Place for Us unfolds the lives of an Indian-American Muslim family, gathered together in their Californian hometown to celebrate the eldest daughter, Hadia's, wedding - a match of love rather than tradition. It is here, on this momentous day, that Amar, the youngest of the siblings, reunites with his family for the first time in three years. Parents Rafiq and Layla must now contend with the choices and betrayals that lead to their son's estrangement - the reckoning of parents who strove to pass on their cultures and traditions to their children; and of children who in turn struggle to balance authenticity in themselves with loyalty to the home they came from.

    In a narrative that spans decades, and sees family life through the eyes of each member, A Place For Us charts the crucial moments in the family's past, from the bonds that bring them together to the differences that pull them apart. As siblings Hadia, Huda, and Amar attempt to carve out a life for themselves, they must reconcile their present culture with their parent's faith, to tread a path between the old world and the new, and learn how the smallest decisions can lead to the deepest of betrayals.

    Ken Greenberg Book Cover with headshotThursday September 26, 2019
    Refreshments: 1:00 pm   
    Program: 1:30-3:00 pm   

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    Guest speaker: award-winning urban designer Ken Greenberg

    Toronto is in the midst of a startling transformation, developing into one of the world's most culturally and economically dynamic cities. This renaissance is the subject of Toronto Reborn, Ken Greenberg's riveting new account of how the work and decisions of citizens, NGOs, businesses, and governments have all combined to refashion Toronto since the 1970s. From the Bentway project to the revitalization of Regent Park, to the controversial Sidewalk Labs, learn how Toronto is reclaiming public spaces in innovative ways.

    Admission: $5/program

    Advance tickets are available for each program on our website or at our Information Desk. A limited number of tickets per program will be available for in-person sales the morning of each program, on a first-come, first-served basis.

    Book cover for A Forgotten HeroThursday, November 7, 2019   
    1:30 - 3:00 pm   

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    For Holocaust Education Week
    Meet the Author Event

    Guest Speaker: Shelley Emling

    In one of the most amazing rescues of WWII, Folke Bernadotte, the Swedish head of the Red Cross, rescued more than 30,000 people from concentration camps in the last three months of the war.
    Folke did so by negotiating with the enemy — shaking hands with Heinrich Himmler, the head of the Gestapo. Time was of the essence, as Hitler had ordered the destruction of all camps and everyone in them. Recently released publication A Forgotten Hero chronicles Folke’s life and extraordinary journey, from his family history and early years to saving thousands of lives during WWII and his untimely assassination in 1948. A straightforward and compelling narrative, A Forgotten Hero sheds light on this important and heroic historical figure. Presented in partnership with ECW Press.

    FREE – Spaces are limited. Advance registration is required.


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    Phone: 416.924.6211
    Fax: 416.924.0422
    Email: info@mnjcc.org

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