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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