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Grey County Reads winner


Grand Prize Winner

A total of 1,100 votes were cast during the contest. In the end, it came down to a hard-fought battle between two exceptional Canadian books and two equally exceptional celebrity advocates.

And the winner is...

Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, defended by Sharon Sinclair

Each voter cast their ballots on behalf of one of our seven participating library boards. After an extensive counting and recounting of votes cast, it was an even closer battle-of-the-boards to see which library would win $200 worth of books. And the winner by the squeakiest of margins...

West Grey Public Library

We have also selected three winners of gift certificates to Speaking Volumes Books and Audio in Flesherton, chosen at random from the 1,100 votes cast. The winners are...

Michael McLuhan, Georgian Bluffs

Winner of $50 gift certificate

Hazel Welechenko, Hanover

Winner of $30 gift certificate

Muriel Stewart, Flesherton

Winner of $20 gift certificate

We want to thank everyone who participated, making this inaugural year of Grey County Reads a huge success. We thank our panelists Kim Peeters, Jenny Parsons, Aly Boltman, Rebecca Hergert and Sharon Sinclair. We also thank everyone who voted. We also thank Grey County Libraries, Grey Highlands Public Library, Hanover Public Library, Owen Sound & North Grey Union Public Library, Meaford Public Library, Southgate Ruth Hargrove Memorial Library, The Blue Mountains Public Library and West Grey Public Library.

Thanks also go out to our sponsors The Bicycle Café, The Bookstore, The Colour Jar, ColourPix Graphic Design, Ice River Springs, Sahara's Garden Centre, South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council and The Spatula Diner.

A special thank you is extended to Speaking Volumes Books and Audio for providing the prizes to the winning library and Grey County Reads voters.

Grey County Reads

Five local celebrities duke it out in Grey County Reads, a county-wide 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.

Readers are encouraged to follow along with the contest, consider each book and it’s celebrity endorsement. Pick up your own copy of one or more of these books and give us your opinion too. Books are available in limited quantities from your local public library or may be purchased from your favourite local bookstore.

  • The Back of the Turtle by Thomas King – defended by Aly Boltman
  • Crow Lake by Mary Lawson – defended by Sharon Sinclair
  • Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel – defended by Jenny Parsons
  • The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley – defended by Rebecca Hergert
  • The Wonder by Emma Donoghue – defended by Kim Peeters

Read about Rebecca Hergert's Grey County Reads experience.

Read about Jenny Parsons' Grey County Reads experience.

Read about Kim Peeters' Grey County Reads experience.

What's on your Summer reading list?

Read any or all of the Grey County Reads books and/or read each of the book synopses and celebrity installments posted on

Contest rules and regulations

Grey County Reads is sponsored by these local businesses:

The Bicycle Café
The Bookstore
The Colour Jar
ColourPix Graphic Design Services
Grey County Public Libraries
Ice River Springs
Sahara’s Garden Centre / Sasee’s Shack & Seasonals
South Grey Bruce Youth Literacy Council
The Spatula Diner
Speaking Volumes Books and Audio

grey county reads sponsors


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south grey news
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Grey Highlands Libraries
Speaking Volumes
Bicycle Cafe
Flying Spatula
Ice River Springs
Cathy Little election ad - 2018
Mullin's Pet Supply
Hutchinsons Family Auto
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