The Jackman Reading Room

Rick with books

Principal Richard Myers is pleased to announce that the Jackman Reading Room is operational.   The initial collection of fifty volumes has been delivered and is ready to be read! 

“The College aims to provide students with an enriched campus living experience.  We have aspired for some time to provide our residents with opportunities for quality leisure reading.  The Jackman Reading Room offers a comfortable, quiet place to read and a selection of books and magazines that are suitable for thoughtful university students.”

Book reading

The collection includes works of fiction, non-fiction, science fiction and fantasy, biography and even some high-quality detective novels.  There is good representation of female authors, Indigenous authors, Canadian authors and international authors. 

“We hope to build the collection up to several hundred volumes over the next few years” says Myers.  “If students or staff have any suggestions for new titles, I’d be delighted to receive them.”

The Jackman Reading Room was created with a generous donation from Fr. Ed Jackman of Kleinburg.

EJRR Collection

EJRR Collection provides quality leisure reading for the residents of our College.  The collection consists of books that are artful, elevating or educational rather than merely entertaining, but also suit a group of university-aged readers.  The collection includes a good selection of works by female and Indigenous authors.  It also is reflective of the academic interests of the College and its students: Indigenous Studies, Canadian Studies, Religious Studies, Human Rights, International Development, and the Environment.
1. Non-Fiction (General)   10
  • David Johnston, The Idea of Canada:  Letters to a Nation
  • Thomas King, The Inconvenient Indian*
  • Tanya Talaga, Seven Fallen Feathers*
  • Viktor Frankl, Man’s Search for Meaning
  • Jacquie McNish, Losing the Signal:  The Untold Blackberry Story
  • Mark Sakamoto, Forgiveness
  • Malcolm Gladwell, Outliers
  • James Maskalyk, Life on the Ground Floor:  Letters from the Edge of Emergency Medicine
  • Carol Off, All We Leave Behind: A Reporter’s Journey into the Lives of Others+
  • Izzeldin Abuelaish, I Shall Not Hate:  A Gaza Doctor’s Journey on the Road to Peace and Dignity+
2. Non-Fiction (Biography)  5
  • James Bartleman, Seasons of Hope*
  • Mandela, Long Walk to Freedom+
  • N.T. Wright, Paul
  • Armand Ruffo, Norval Morrisseau:  Man Changing into Thunderbird*
  • Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala+
3. Fiction (General)  11
  • Beatrice Mosioner, In Search of April Raintree*
  • Rohinton Mistry, A Fine Balance
  • Kurt Vonnegut, The Slaughterhouse Five
  • Alexander McCall Smith, #1 Ladies Detective Agency+
  • Richard Wagmese, Indian Horse*
  • Alice Munro, Selected Stories
  • Michael Ondaajte, The English Patient
  • Mitch Albom, Tuesdays with Morrie
  • Jack Kerouac, Dharma Bums
  • Elizabeth Hay, Alone in the Classroom
  • Claire Cameron, The Last Neanderthal
  • Carol Ng, Little Fires Everywhere
4.   Fiction (International)  6
  • Haruki Murakami Norwegian Wood
  • Isabel Allende, The House of the Spirits
  • Ha Jin, Waiting
  • Junot Diaz, The Brief and Wonderful Life of Oscar Diaz+
  • Chinua Achebe, Things Fall Apart+
  • Petina Gappah, The Book of Memory+
5. Fiction (Fantasy/Sci-Fi)  6
  • Ursula LeGuin, The Left Hand of Darkness
  • Philip K. Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?
  • Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451
  • Isaac Asimov, I, Robot
  • Terry Pratchett, Good Omens
  • Douglas Adams,  Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy
6. Fiction (Mystery/Suspense)  6
  • Georges Simenon, Collected Works
  • Truman Capote, In Cold Blood
  • Robert Cormier, The Rag and Bone Shop
  • John Hart, Redemption Road
  • Thomas Harris, The Silence of the Lambs
  • Paula Hawkins, The Girl on the Train
7. Classics  6
  • Mary Shelley, Frankenstein
  • Virginia Wolff, To the Lighthouse
  • Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray
  • C.S. Lewis,  A Grief Observed
  • Jane Austen, Sense and Sensibility
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Curious Case of Benjamin Button


*denotes a work by an Indigenous author
+denotes a work of relevance to International Development/Human Rights