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Queen's Reads

What is Queen's Reads?

If you are a first-year student at Queen’s this fall, you will have the opportunity to participate in Queen's Reads, a first-year experience and transition program.      

The aim of Queen's Reads is to use a popular published piece of written work to orient first-year students to the intellectual community and expectations of their new academic environment, as well as to use the themes to discuss various personal, social, academic, and community adjustment issues in support of student success at Queen's. 

Queen's Reads is designed to provide students with a common intellectual experience to stimulate discussion, encourage critical thinking, and promote a sense of community among students, faculty, and staff.

We invite you to join us as we read a common book and use it as a springboard for lively, interesting, and thoughtful discussion. It's a great way to meet classmates and others in the Queen's community. It will also help you prepare for the transition to university, and keep your academic skills sharp over the summer.

How do students participate in Queen's Reads?

Information about Queen’s Reads will be sent to the Queen’s email addresses of all first-year students in June 2014. This email includes a link to the registration page. By opt-ing in, students will be able to receive a copy of Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures at the discounted price of $5.

Books will be mailed out in July, while students attending the Summer Orientation to Academics and Resources (SOAR) program can pick up their copy there.  Copies will also be available for pickup in the Student Experience Office (JDUC, room 135) from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm Monday-Friday throughout the summer.

Whether students choose to opt-in to receive a copy of the book, or whether they already have a copy to read, all students are invited to:

  • Engage in online discussions about the book and relevant themes throughout the summer on Facebook and Twitter, as well as follow updates to the Bloodletting & Miraculous Cures Reading Guide.
  • Submit a creative piece of work for a chance to win prizes, including a $500 tuition bursary and other great prizes from campus partners!
  • Discuss in small groups of their peers the themes in the book as they relate to their university transition and, at the same time, meet upper-year undergraduate and graduate students, as well as faculty members, who will facilitate these sessions in September.
  • Attend a talk given by author Vincent Lam on September 27th at Queen's. 

How is the Queen's Reads book selected?

The written work is selected annually by the Queen’s Reads Advisory Group which has representatives from the undergraduate student government (AMS), Student Affairs Office, Residence Life, Student Experience Office, Student Academic Success Services: Learning Strategies and Writing Centre, and the Queen’s Learning Commons. Additionally, a student Residence Don, a student-at-large, and a student employee of the Student Experience Office sit on the Advisory Group. The written work is selected considering its connection and  relevance to as many of the following student transition themes as possible.

  • Self-awareness and identity development
  • Dealing productively with stress/adversity/conflict
  • Examining and engaging with difference and diversity (social, cultural, ideological, etc.)
  • Social and civic responsibility
  • Other topics related to transition issues

2012 Media Releases:

Creating a Book Club for First Year Students - Queen's News Story (2012-05-18)
Common Reading Program Brings Students Together - Queen's News Story (2012-09-25)

2013 Media Releases:

Queen's Reads Helps Students Transition to University Life - Queen's News Story (2013-05-30)
Author Jeannette Walls Coming to Campus - Queen's News Story (2013-09-18)
Creating a Common Ground - Queen's Journal (2013-09-20)
QReads-WritersFest Event a Big Success - Queen's News Story (2013-09-24)


Contact us at or 613-533-6000 ext. 78338. 

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