It would be like a giant bookclub meeting with people of all ages and all walks of life discussing the same story. Well, that's about to happen here in Nova Scotia this fall.
Community reading programs, or unity reading as they are sometimes called, have taken place in many other places over the past few years. Seattle is credited as having the first city-wide community reading program and it quickly spread throughout the U.S. and Canada. Our neighbours in PEI have just recently held their "One Book One Island" project.
The point of community reading events is to promote recreational reading among adults. Often the titles chosen are controversial or have a local link. They are designed to inspire discussion and debate.
One Book Nova Scotia will be promoted throughout public libraries, community college and university libraries, and bookstores this fall. The chosen book will be unveiled on Friday, September 21 at a provincial launch at the Keshen Goodman Public Library in Halifax. We'll be having our own local launch right here in the Valley at the Wolfville Memorial Library at 2:00 on September 21.
Which book will it be? Stay tuned to find out! For now, keep up with what's going on at the 1BNS website, follow along on Twitter @1bookNS, and get updates on Facebook.
Frances Newman, Regional Librarian