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A book club with a twist

(NC) There are many different kinds of book clubs, but a new one launched by Amnesty International this year has a special twist. After you've read the book, you can take action to help people caught in the same situation as characters in the book.

Books are recommended by celebrity readers, and feature some aspect of the human experience. All books are by Canadian authors and should be easy to find in your local bookstore or public library.

Amnesty International Book club members will receive a discussion guide free of charge and suggested discussion questions, along with an action on a human rights case that relates to a theme or country in the book.

“Giving people a chance to take action on something they've just read about is a uniquely Amnesty thing,” says Renee Saviour, a volunteer and one of the new book club's founders. “We want to engage more Canadians in taking action on human rights issues and we hope the book club will be a way for new people to get involved.”

To find out more about the club, including the recommended book suggestions and discussion guides every month, write to: Amnesty International Book Club, 1992 Yonge Street, Suite #314, Toronto, Ontario, M4S 1Z7.

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