BY SOUTHGREY STAFF –
Five local celebrities will duke it out in "Grey County Reads," a new reading program involving seven local libraries, including Grey Highlands, Hanover, Meaford, Owen Sound, Southgate, Town of Blue Mountains and West Grey.
Each celebrity will defend one Canadian book over five published installments, covering plot, character and theme analyses as well as introductory and summary arguments. The celebrity defences will be seen right here on SouthGrey.ca starting in January.
You may recognize some of the names of the participants in this event. The list includes Sharon Sinclair – local author and Grey Highlands Poet Laureate; Rebecca Hergert – West Grey Councillor and Library Board member; Kim Peeters – Dundalk Little Theatre member; Aly Boltman – Trillium Foundation manager; Jenny Parsons – performer, writer and painter.
Here is a little bit more information about each of them:
West Grey's newest councilor, Rebecca Hergert was elected to fill a vacant seat in March and will be defending one of our books. She is an avid reader and active member of the West Grey Library Board. "What a great way to champion reading, writing, and idea sharing," she said upon being named as the first celebrity panelist in this year's program.
"This should be very fun!" said Sharon Sinclair, eager to get started following the completion of a new anthology of works entitled "Grey with a Silver Lining: Tributes to Grey Highlands for Canada 150 – 480 pages of tender uplifting stories/poems paying tribute to local people, places, and things that have improved the quality of our lives. Many will also recognize Sharon as she has been seen and heard all around Grey County, promoting her books and reciting her poetry at many local events.
Also excited to begin, Jenny Parsons is best known among teenagers as Mrs. Lennox, the drama teacher on Family Channel's hit TV series, "Wingin' It." "Many hats Jenny, they call me," joked Jenny, adding writer and artist to her many talents.
"I feel totally weird about being called a celebrity," said Aly Boltman, program manager for the Ontario Trillium Foundation for Grey, Bruce, Huron and Perth. A former writer/contributor to The Sun Times and manager of The Roxy Theatre, many people will know Aly as a thoughtful and engaging personality.
Kim Peeters is well know and has served her community of Southgate in many ways over the years. Currently she works at Westside Secondary School in Orangeville and has just completed a stint as Mavis in Dundalk Little Theatre's "Stepping Out" at the Dundalk United Church in November.
Readers are encouraged to follow along with the contest by reading each celebrity’s installments but they may also wish to read the books themselves. Likewise, book reading clubs are invited to create their own internal “Club Reads” contests.
Following the five installments for each book, voting will commence and books will be eliminated until just one celebrity and one book remains. Readers are encouraged to vote for their favourite for the duration of the contest and playoff. They may also vote on behalf of their community.
At the end of the contest, one community will win $200 worth of books for their library, courtesy of Speaking Volumes Books and Audio in Flesherton. Also, three random winners will be chosen from the voting list to receive $100 worth of books collectively.
Stay tuned as the books will be announced soon!
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