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Featured Lists

February 2016 - Read Alikes: Me Before You

Jojo Moyes’ heartbreaking romance will soon be hitting the big screen. Here are some suggested reads which explore similar themes like love, loss, overcoming tragedy and finding a life worth living.

January 2016 - Read Alikes: Brooklyn

If you enjoyed Colm Toibin's Brooklyn, you might enjoy some of these titles.

December 2015 - Read Alikes: Star Wars

In anticipation of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, here are some Star Wars read alikes.

Who's Reading What Lists

Avvy Go, lawyer and community activist

Avvy Go is the Clinic Director of Metro Toronto Chinese & Southeast Asian Legal Clinic. Since her call to the Bar in 1991, she has worked exclusively in the legal clinic system, serving the needs of low income individuals and families, the majority of whom are non-English speaking immigrants and refugees. Immigration, human rights and employment law are her main foci. Avvy has given numerous lectures and published extensively in law journals, as well as mainstream newspapers addressing legal and policy issues affecting immigrants. Avvy spends much time doing community advocacy and co-founded the Colour of Poverty Campaign (COPC), a campaign to address the increasing racialization of poverty in Ontario. Avvy has received numerous awards including the Order of Ontario, the Federation of Asian Canadian Lawyers' Lawyer of Distinction Award, City of Toronto's William P. Hubbard Award for Race Relations and President's Award of the Women's Law Association of Ontario.

Ratna Omidvar, Executive Director and Adjunct Professor, Global Diversity Exchange, Ryerson University

Ratna is an internationally recognized expert on migration, diversity and inclusion. She came to Canada from Iran in 1981 and her own experiences of displacement, integration and citizen engagement have been the foundation of her work. Ratna is the founding Executive Director of the Global Diversity Exchange (GDX) at the Ted Rogers School of Management, Ryerson University. GDX is a think-and-do tank on diversity, migration and inclusion that connects local experience and ideas with global networks. Ratna is Chair of Lifeline Syria, a citizen led program that is supporting residents of Toronto to privately sponsor 1,000 Syrian refugees and bring them to the region over the next two years. She is also the co-author of the newly released book Flight and Freedom: Stories of Escape to Canada (2015). Ratna is a Member of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario, with both honours recognizing her advocacy work on behalf of immigrants and her devotion to reducing inequality in Canada.

Frederika Rotter, lawyer and reader

Frederika Rotter is a lawyer who recently retired from her job at the Ontario Ministry of the Environment. She now sits on the Law Society Tribunal where she hears discipline cases concerning lawyers and paralegals. She was raised and educated in Montreal, and studied English literature at McGill University. After coming to Toronto she studied law at the University of Toronto. She enjoys travel, music and the green world, and is an avid and constant reader.