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Grey County Reads Books - 2021

Grey County Reads Books - 2021

2021 Grey County Reads

BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our lives in many ways. It has driven us to stay home more, conducting business from our kitchens, shopping online and finding solace in places like Amazon Prime and Netflix.

This year, Grey County Reads comes along at just the right time. It should remind us that books are an excellent way to escape and that reading can have a profound impact on our mental health. Reading an authors’ works is also a great way to learn about our ourselves and find commonality in their stories and experiences.

Our local libraries are an extensive source of fiction and non-fiction literature. They also provide a wealth of services both in-person and online. Books can be found in many formats and they are readily-available at Grey County libraries.

Similarly, the importance of shopping locally has been emphasized with increasing urgency in recent months. Many organizations have brought some much-needed attention to the importance of ‘shopping local,’ which is even more crucial now as so many small businesses try to survive the pandemic.

In this edition of Grey County Reads, we hope to bring the best in our communities together for a celebration of authors, our libraries and local businesses, all of whom, are worthy of that attention right now.

Six great books have been selected for the 2021 Grey County Reads contest to begin in January. The impressive list of literary works was whittled down from a variety of fiction and non-fiction options submitted Grey County Public Libraries across seven communities. Each book is readily available at all branches, so you might want to get a head start on borrowing one of these titles over the next few months, if you want to play along. Here is the roster of titles:

  • Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson - advocated by Shawn Ankenmann, owner of Highland Grounds Fair Trade Coffee Shop in Grey Highlands
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - advocated by Sydney Austin, General Manager of Staples in Owen Sound
  • From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle - advocated by Norma Graham, Assistant Librarian for the Hanover Public Library
  • The Company We Keep by Francis Itani - advocated by JD Moffat, Morning Show Announcer for Jewel 99.3 in Meaford
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers - advocated by Kaitland Murray, Administrator for the Town of Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews - advocated by Amanda Bible, leader of the Bible Team for Rock Capital Investments, The Mortgage Centre

Advocates will begin their analyses on January 12. Voting will begin February 22. What will be the next great book to read in Grey County? Stay tuned for more information to come.

We acknowledge with respect, the history, spirituality, and culture of the Anishinaabek, Six Nations of the Grand River, Haudenosaunee, and Wendat-Wyandot-Wyandotte peoples on whose traditional territories we gather and whose ancestors signed Treaties with our ancestors. We recognize also, the Metis and Inuit whose ancestors shared this land and these waters. May we all, as Treaty People, live with respect on this land, and live in peace and friendship with all its diverse peoples. 

Previous winners:

2020: Open Up the Wall by Geoff Bowes, advocated by Robert Iantorno.
2019: Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice, advocated by Steven Morel.
2018: Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, advocated by Sharon Sinclair.

Contest rules and regulations


Grey County Reads is supported through advertising by these local businesses and organizations:

Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture and Cabinetry
The Bicycle Café
The Bookstore

Chapman's Ice Cream
The Colour Jar
ColourPix Graphic Design Services
Graciela Robertson, Grey County Real Estate Inc. Brokerage
Grey County Apparel/Hello Country Magazine
Grey County Public Libraries
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
John Tamming Law
Alex Ruff, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Lyn Grant Financial Services Inc.
Mullin Bookkeeping
Nature's Path Osteopathy and Alternative Healing
The Restaurant - Leela's Villa Inn
Speaking Volumes Books and Audio
Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound


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