Book Club

At Brain Power we believe in fostering both a love of reading and a social conscience in our students. That is why our book club discussions bring together great literature and pressing social concerns. At one event we might discuss environmental protection and Richard Adams’s Watership Down, at the next event we might discuss autism awareness and Mark Haddon’s The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time. We also have exciting field trips and contests! One year our students even had the chance to meet Margaret Atwood – author of The Handmaid’s Tale, Alias Grace, Oryx and Crake, and many more awesome novels and books!

Much Ado About Nothing

NOVEMBER 19TH, 2016

On November 19th Brain Power students attended a performance of William Shakespeare’s “Much Ado About Nothing” at Hart House Theatre (University of Toronto). This classic comedy follows the confusions and misunderstandings of two young couples over the “nothings” spread by rumour, gossip, and eavesdropping (i.e. “noting”). Students discussed the play during the intermission and immediately following the performance. Discussion was led by our very own Shakespeare expert, Dr. Joel Benabu!

Frankenstein

OCTOBER 18TH, 2016

Brain Power’s book club had a terrifying time reading Mary Shelley’s Gothic-horror classic, “Frankenstein” “(1818). After reading the frightening and thought-provoking tale of Dr. Victor Frankenstein’s ill-fated attempt to create life, some students went to see a National Theatre Live broadcast of the performance at the Silver City in Richmond Hill.

After the performance, students gathered in the theatre lobby to have a spirited two-hour(!) discussion of the many themes of the story, including nature versus nurture, the dangers...

How to Win Friends and Influence People

APRIL 18TH, 2016

Getting ready to win some friends and influence some people!
Brain Power’s book club had an enlightening time reading Dale Carnegie’s classic self-help book, “How to Win Friends and Influence People” (1936). A classic in the genre, Carnegie’s book was the American guidebook to social relations for generations of successful (and would-be-successful) professionals.

We discussed the positives and negatives of Carnegie’s approach to human relations, including the ethics of “winning” (not making!) friends and “influencing” (or maybe manipulating?) people.

Flowers for Algernon

MARCH 18TH, 2016

Dr. Ruslan Dorfman gives us a fascinating perspective on genetic engineering and “Flowers for Algernon” Brain Power’s Book Club had a fascinating discussion about Daniel Keyes’s “Flowers for Algernon” with our special guest, Dr. Ruslan Dorfman, CEO and co-founder of GeneYouIn (located in Toronto’s Mars Centre Discovery District). Dr. Dorfamn brought his experience as a genetic testing expert specializing in the pharmacogenetics of rare diseases to our discussion of Keyes’s imaginary portrait of a man who is given an experimental treatment to dramatically...

Dune

FEBRUARY 18TH, 2016

Brain Power’s book club had an exciting adventure reading Frank Herbert’s epic science-fiction classic, “Dune” (1965). When the Atreides family accepts the stewardship of the desert planet of Dune, they find themselves at the centre of the machinations of great powers eager to claim the planet’ exclusive and enormously valuable supply of “spice.” At our book club meeting we used the novel as a springboard to discuss the intersections of science fiction, imagination, and futurism.