May 27 to July 29, 2022 Current reading period

A Town Called Solace

  • A Town Called Solace--the brilliant emotionally radiant new novel from Mary Lawson, her first in nearly a decade--opens on a family in crisis:  rebellious teenager Rose has been missing for weeks with no word, and Rose's younger sister, the feisty and fierce Clara, keeps a daily vigil at the living-room window, hoping for her sibling's return.

    Enter thirtyish Liam Kane, newly divorced, newly unemployed, newly arrived in this small norther town, where he promptly moves into the house next door--watched suspiciously by astonished and dismayed Clara, whole elderly friend, Mrs. Orchard, owns that home.  Around the time of Rose's disappearance, Mrs. Orchard was sent for a short stay in hospital, and Clara promised to keep an eye on the house and its remaining occupants, Mrs. Orchard's cat, Moses.  As the novel unfolds, so does the mystery of what has transpired between Mrs. Orchard and the newly arrived stranger.

     

    Read with us

     

  • A Town Called Solace book cover.

Why you should join

Creating interesting and long-lasting connections with fellow UM grads around the world is easier than ever by joining our online UM Alumni Book Club. You’ll do more than read a variety of great books. You’ll meet an online community of over 900 alumni, hear from UM faculty (and sometimes the authors themselves!) through exclusive book club chats, and participate in engaging conversation. The group will spend two months on each book, so you'll have plenty of time to read.

Thanks to the generous support of the UM Alumni Association, there is no cost to participate – you just have to get a copy of the book to enjoy.

Book Club is the perfect way to stay connected with UM, the friends you’ve made, and learn something new at the same time all from the comfort of your home!

Upcoming reading periods

Upcoming Reading Periods

May 26 – July 28, 2022

August 4 – October 6, 2022

October 13 – December 15, 2022

You can purchase or borrow a copy of the book online at:

View Privacy Statement

The University of Manitoba (UM) uses PBC Guru, a third party service provider hosted outside of Canada (specifically in the USA), in order to provide the UM Alumni Book Club as a service to our alumni and friends. The University of Manitoba (UM) makes PBC Guru available to you for your personal use on a voluntary basis. PBC Guru is primarily responsible for the book club’s operations and administration. By clicking to join the book club, you will be leaving the UM website and going to the PBC Guru website.

During the registration process, PBC Guru will collect your name, e-mail address, the year you graduated from UM, and the program of study in which you graduated. PBC Guru may ask you for additional personal information, such as personal preferences to allow you to customize your user session profile, or to subscribe you to notifications, etc. It is your choice whether or not to provide this additional information, and you are solely responsible for ensuring you have read and understood PBC Guru’s privacy policy in regards to any information you have chosen to provide them.

PBC Guru will share your contact information and participation in the book club with the UM for the purposes of updating the university’s alumni records, and assess interest and engagement in alumni programming. The UM uses alumni contact information to inform alumni and friends about university news, events, and initiatives, including fundraising.

By using this service through PBC Guru, you acknowledge you have read and understood the above privacy statement and that you consent to the storage and access of your personal information, as described above, outside of Canada solely for those purposes.

Your personal information is being collected under the authority of The University of Manitoba Act for the purpose of participating in the book club, updating our records and assessing interest and engagement in alumni programming.  Your personal information will not be used or disclosed for other purposes, unless permitted by The Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). 

You may wish to review the PBC Guru Privacy Policy and Terms of Reference before using the service.  If you have any questions about the collection of your personal information, contact the Access & Privacy Office (tel. 204-474-9462), 233 Elizabeth Dafoe Library, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, R3T 2N2.

UM Book Club ambassador

  • Chancellor Anne Mahon
  • UM's 14th Chancellor, Anne Mahon [BHEcol/87]

    Chancellor Mahon, an alumna, celebrated author, volunteer and philanthropist, is our UM Alumni Book Club ambassador.

Proudly sponsored by:

UM Alumni Association

The book club will be managed and moderated by PBC Guru to support the member experience. Please email info@pbc.guru with any questions. For more information, visit http://www.pbc.guru.