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Reading Non-Fiction 2019

We will consider eight recent works of non-fiction, allowing two sessions for each book. We will focus on evidence, arguments and conclusions as well as on the rhetorical strategies employed by the authors. More generally, we will consider the nature of the non-fiction genre itself. Members will divide up responsibility for leading discussions. Chosen by the group, the books to be read are as follows: The Line Becomes a River by Francesco Contu; By Chance Alone by Max Eisen; Land of Lost Borders by Kate Harris; All Things Consoled by Elizabeth Hay; Say Nothing by Patrick Radden-Keefe; The Uninhabitable Earth by David Wallace-Wells; The Way of the Strangers by Graeme Wood, and A Good Wife by Samra Zafar. We will begin with Say Nothing and determine the order for reading the other books at our first meeting.

When: Wednesdays
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 PM
Dates: Sept 11, 25; Oct 9, 23; Nov 6, 20; Dec 4, 2019; Jan 8, 22; Feb 5, 19; Mar 4, 18; Apr 1, 15, 29, 2020
Facilitator: Tamara Seiler and Gail Kingwell
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Min/Max: 6/15

Tamara Seiler has a PhD in Canadian literature, and is Professor Emerita, Dept. of Communication, Media and Film, University of Calgary, where, before retiring, she taught courses in Canadian Studies, Communication studies, and cultural history. She has co-facilitated other CALL groups and served in several administrative positions for CALL.

Gail Kingwell is a former teacher and administrator with the Calgary Board of Education, university instructor of English as a Second Language teaching and learning, and consultant in educational projects and curriculum development. She has been active in CALL for a number of years, serving on the Board and producing the CALL Newsletter.

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