Community book club launched with ‘KPU Reads’ event in Surrey

Writer Aislinn Hunter featured at launch event Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 20)

Writer Aislinn Hunter with dogs in a photo posted to her website.

SURREY — Local author Aislinn Hunter’s award-winning novel The World Before Us will be the first official book of KPU Reads, a new initiative that aims to bring together students, employees and the greater community through literacy, discussion and a passion for reading.

The community book club launches Wednesday afternoon (Jan. 20) on the first floor of KPU Surrey’s Coast Capital Savings Library, starting at 2 p.m.

The initiative kicks off with a short reading by KPU president and vice-chancellor Dr. Alan Davis, and the opportunity to chat with Hunter.

“One of the best things about reading a book can be the ideas and discussions that are generated from reading it,” Hunter stated.

“Book clubs large and small are about sharing a ‘world’ with a group of people whose ideas and thoughts can support, inform and challenge our own thinking.”

Three book-club events are scheduled at KPU Surrey over the next few months, and other opportunities to host book readings and discussions offsite are also being explored.

The KPU Faculty of Arts hopes to feature the work of other KPU faculty and local authors, with the aim to engage the community in some of the impactful work being written by their neighbours.

“Reading has the ability to transform lives. Reading the same title helps transform a community by creating a culture of common experience,” said Todd Mundle, university librarian.

The World Before Us is a fabulous choice for the first KPU Reads not only because of the author’s KPU connection, but it’s a book with many levels and will appeal to a wide audience.”

KPU Reads is an opportunity for the entire KPU community to engage with the written creative works of KPU faculty, said Diane Purvey, dean of the Faculty of Arts.

“We hope that students, staff, faculty, alumni, community partners and those who love to read will join us at one or all of the many exciting KPU Reads events we’re planning.”

To RSVP for Wednesday’s free event, and for more information on KPU Reads, visit


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