The Subtweet - a novel by Vivek ShrayaThe 5th annual Gryphons Read common reading project is under way. This University-wide book club encourages first-year students and other members of the University community to connect with each other and to enter into meaningful conversations by reading and discussing the same book.

This year, that book is Vivek Shraya’s The Subtweet. On Sept. 29 from 5 to 7 p.m., Shraya will join the U of G community virtually, talking to students, faculty, staff and the community. She will also meet with Creative Writing MFA students Sept. 30. Shraya’s main event – in conversation with Canadian DJ Roshanie – is free and open to the public. Register for the event online.

The Subtweet was the 2020 finalist for the Toronto Book Awards, the 2021 Lambda Literary Awards for Transgender Fiction finalist and 2021 Dublin Literary Award finalist. Shraya is a best-selling author (I’m Afraid of Men), musician, director on the board of the Tegan and Sara Foundation and an assistant professor of creative writing at the University of Calgary.

Interim committee chair Dr. Brittany Luby is pleased with plans for this year’s virtual encounter. “Excitement about reading the book and meeting the author extends across the globe this year since the online platform permits visitors from our far-flung friends,” she says.

Love reading? Love discussing? Before the author’s main event, Gryphons Read hosts book clubs to explore The Subtweet. The clubs offer a virtual space to connect, to discuss the book and make new friends. To receive your free digital copy of The Subtweet and learn more about participating in book clubs, visit the Gryphons Read GryphLife page and join our Gryphons Read MS Teams channel.

Gryphons Read is sponsored by the Office of the Provost, McLaughlin Library, the Experiential Learning Hub and the College of Arts at the University of Guelph.