SFU English Alumni Gathering

April 10, 2018

On Friday, April 6 the department held an Alumni Happy Hour event at the Railway Club and welcomed back close to 80 former SFU English students. Many thanks to everyone who attended! It was great to see you, and we hope you'll stay in touch.

To catch up on what everyone's been reading, guests were asked to provide a contemporary book recommendation. Here's the list!

Douglas Adams, Dirk Gently’s Holistic Detective Agency
Kate Atkinson, Life After Life / A God in Ruins
Fredrik Backman, Beartown
Russell Banks, Cloudsplitter
Edward Bellamy, Looking Backward: 2000 – 1887
Alan Booth, The Roads to Sata
Bianca Bosker, Cork Dork
Geraldine Brooks, March
Michael Chabon, The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay
Michael Chabon, The Yiddish Policeman’s Union
Stephen Covey, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Ivan Coyote, Tomboy Survival Guide
Michael Cunningham, The Hours
Mark Z. Danielweski, House of Leaves
Amber Dawn, Sodom Road Exit
Diane di Prima, Memoirs of a Beatnik
Jennifer Kwon Dobbs, Notes from a Missing Person
Elena Ferrante, My Brilliant Friend / Neapolitan Quartet
William Finnegan, Barbarian Days: A Surfing Life
Neil Gaiman, Neverwhere
Adam Gidwitz, The Inquisitor’s Tale
Amy Hempel, The Collected Stories
Frank Herbert, Dune
Joe Hill, Locke & Key
Joy Kogawa, Obasan
Kate Clifford Larson, Rosemary: The Hidden Kennedy Daughter
Jen Sookfong Lee, The Conjoined
Mark Manson, The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck
Anthony Marra, A Constellation of Vital Phenomena
Alexander McCall Smith, Portuguese Irregular Verbs
Jandy Nelson, I’ll Give You the Sun
Jordan Peterson, 12 Rules for Life
Ellen Raskin, The Westing Game
Eden Robinson, Monkey Beach
Ali Smith, How to Be Both
Patti Smith, M Train
Zadie Smith, Swing Time
Donna Tartt, The Goldfinch
Madeleine Thien, Do Not Say We Have Nothing
Loung Ung, First They Killed My Father
Ashlee Vance, Elon Musk
Sarah Waters, The Little Stranger
Peter Wohlleben, The Inner Life of Animals
Hanya Yanagihara, A Little Life
Clea Young, Teardown


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