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The Non-Fiction Book Club is for people looking to read thoughtful intelligent books. If you like to read non-fiction this is the place.

Members suggest titles through the discussion board and when first joining. All non-fiction books are eligible: the authors and books selected do not represent the views of the organizers or members. We learn and develop our critical thinking skills by meeting in respectful dialogue books, people and ideas with which we may disagree. And we like to have fun.

Books selected generally must have 10 copies available in the Toronto Public Library and be under 400 pages. Each month, the group votes on a selection of books through an on-line poll. You can see past polls here (http://www.meetup.com/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/polls/?op=pastlist).

The Non-Fiction Book Club meets at the Toronto Reference Library –which hosts and co- sponsors the group. We also have a satellite club in Mississauga. At the meeting, one or more volunteer facilitators presents a prepared list of questions for discussion.

An optional small donation ($2) is requested to cover the Meetup website costs however meetings are open to the public. The discussions are based on having read the book (there is no presentation or summary), but even if you have not read the book you are more than welcome to come and check out the group. See Discussion Groundrules (http://www.meetup.com/Non-fictionBookclubToronto/messages/boards/thread/28765172).

Books selected cover a wide range of non-fiction topics. Member often share reviews and short related materials before the in-person meetings, which are often followed by lively discussions afterwards at a nearby pub where we have refreshments, socialize and usually digress about more non-fiction books.

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WestGTA - The Little Book of Lykke by Meik Wiking

(You are welcome to join us - no RSVP is required for your first WestGTA meetup and the wait list is not monitored. If you have any questions about the WestGTA meetings, contact Helen.) Meik Wiking, the CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Copenhagen, brings together a global roadmap for happiness with his trademark wit. We all know Denmark is the happiest country in the world--but this doesn't make it perfect. Wiking travels across the globe on a quest to uncover the secrets of the very happiest people from Dubai to Rio de Janeiro, taking back to his native country their tips, tricks, and unique approaches to a fulfilled life.

Factfulness : ten reasons we're wrong about the world -- by Hans Rosling

When asked simple questions about global trends -- what percentage of the world's population live in poverty; why the world's population is increasing; how many girls finish school -- we systematically get the answers wrong. So wrong that a chimpanzee choosing answers at random will consistently outguess teachers, journalists, Nobel laureates, and investment bankers. In Factfulness, Professor of International Health and global TED phenomenon Hans Rosling, together with his two long-time collaborators, Anna and Ola, offers a radical new explanation of why this happens. They reveal the ten instincts that distort our perspective -- from our tendency to divide the world into two camps (usually some version of us and them) to the way we consume media (where fear rules) to how we perceive progress (believing that most things are getting worse). Meeting format: * We meet to discuss the book after having read it beforehand. * A facilitator guides the discussion ensuring that everyone has a chance to speak, one person at a time. * Afterwards we may enjoy non-fictional food & drinks at a nearby establishment. * Warning: Participation in a book club is a dangerous activity. You may encounter opinions different from yours. By joining the group you agree to assume all risks.

Past events (195)

Who owns the future? -- by Jaron Lanier

Toronto Reference Library

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