Adult Virtual Reading Club

Welcome to the Adult Virtual Reading Club!

Each month we will explore a new theme, our suggested reads along with related articles and topics.


How to participate in the Virtual Reading Club: Adult Edition

  1. Start by locating the book picks you are interested in reading during that month. Try one or try all of the book picks, it is completely up to you. Request a copy from TRAC or find it here at SGPL. Visit us in-person or give us a call as we would be happy to help you!Try out one or more of the featured.  Activities 
  2. We'd love to hear from you! Let us know your thoughts on the monthly theme or share your book review. Give us a shout out on social media or contact reference@sgpl.ca. 
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March is: Colonial & Post Colonial Literature

This month we will explore how the topic of Colonialism is represented in literature across varying viewpoints. 

Colonial Literature refers to...Literature written during a time of colonization, usually from the point of view of the colonizers. 

Post Colonial Literature refers to....Literature written in a "postcolonial" period, generally by members of the colonized community. It features books that deal explicitly with the lingering effects of colonization. 


Book Lists to Get You Started

Book Riot - Read Harder Challenge

Good Reads - Colonial & Post Colonial Titles

Broadview Press

TRACpac - Colonial Literature 

Videos to Ponder

What is Colonialism?  Imperialism: A Crash Course


Questions To Get You Thinking

  • What title did you choose and why?

  • Does colonialism ever end? 
  • Did you know that African writers have been jailed or even killed for their works? Why would someone take this risk to share their story?
  • Joseph Conrad's "Heart of Darkness" was first published in 1899. How does our modern perspective alter how we view the story?
  • What lingering effects of colonization do you recognize in your own community? Are they positive or negative? 
  • What can we learn about colonization by reading about it from the point of view of those who have been colonized? 
  • What do you think it would have been like to be a European colonizer? Imagine yourself in this point of view and write a diary entry about your experience. 


Case Study: Post Colonial Literature in African Countries

Paris Review Nigerian Author - Chinua Achebe

Although colonization touched almost every part of the globe, it could be argued that it's lasting effects are felt strongly particularly in African countries. African literature has empowered colonized nations but now many stories are being silenced by modern day oppressive regimes. Apartheid in South Africa is one example of a post colonial oppressive regime. Read more about it here

Post Colonial African Literature Reading List  
Literature in Post Colonial Africa Dissent Magazine 

Related Resources

Heart of Darkness in Modern Times

Postcolonial Literature - Shmoop 

Effects of Colonization - North American perspective