May 2018

Book Clubs for Inmates Celebrates 10th Anniversary

Dear friends,

We’re excited to share this milestone with you: Book Clubs for Inmates is 10 years old!!

It’s hard to believe, but it was 10 years ago that the first book club was launched in Collins Bay Institution. Look how we've grown since then:

  • 30 Book Clubs in federal institutions across Canada
  • 2 Book Clubs in community-based residences
  • 84 Book Club facilitators
  • 10 volunteer readers
  • Over 4,100 books distributed last year

In the last 10 years we have partnered with First Books Canada; have become a member of National Associations Active in Criminal Justice; and are developing Children of Inmates Reading Programs in several institutions. We have supported nine students through scholarships to pursue post-secondary education.
We also have many generous supporters, without whom none of this would have been possible. Thank you!

The year ahead

Our Book Clubs have been selecting titles for the coming year. Here are some of the most popular picks:

  • Fire and Fury, Michael Wolff
  • IQ, Joe Ide
  • Nobody Cries at Bingo, Dawn Dumont
  • Sleeping Giants, Sylvain Neuval
  • Seven Fallen Feathers, Tanya Talaga
  • Forgiveness, Mark Sakamoto
  • The Marrow Thieves, Cherie Dimaline
  • Finding Gobi, Dion Leonard
  • Keeper n’ Me, Richard Wagamese

Scholarship recipient updates

“This has been an amazing year for me. Although I was slightly nervous before it began, the prospect of being in an environment where I could explore the law in an academic setting was palpably exciting for me. I was not sure how the year would progress but now that it’s done, I can say that it has exceeded all of my expectations." - S

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“I have continued to complete my second undergraduate degree, this one in criminology at the University of Ottawa where I am also working as a research assistant studying cultural representations of punishment and doing editorial work for the Journal of Prisoners on Prisons.” - J 

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Watch for anniversary events in the coming months and know that we are always grateful for your on-going support,

The BCFI Team