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2020 Grey County Reads

Winner Announced

Congratulations to the winner of the 2020 Grey County Reads contest, Open Up the Wall by Geoff Bowes, advocated by Robert Iantorno. In the final week of playoff competition, the humorous tales of a construction contractor beat out Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates, advocated by Cathy Hird.

We also want to thank all of the celebrity advocates in this year's contest:

  • John Tamming of Tamming Law, advocated for
    Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro
  • Robert Iantorno of the South Grey Museum, advocated for
    Open up the Wall by Geoff Bowes
  • Kimberly Edwards of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network, advocated for
    Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
  • Cathy Hird – writer, poet and minister at the Kemble Sarawak United Church, advocated for Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates
  • Michael Den Tandt, former journalist, editor, communications advisor and recent Liberal Party MP candidate for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound advocated for
    To the River by Don Gillmor

Readers are encouraged to read each of these submissions and 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.

Over 4 weeks, voters from across the region, selected their favourites. One community library was also chosen by our voters to win $200 worth of books, courtesy of Speaking Volumes Books and Audio. That community library is Grey Highlands!

Congratulations are also extended to three voters, chosen at random, to also win gift certificates from Speaking Volumes Books and Audio:

1st Place: Michele Harris, Flesherton

2nd Place: Sabrina Saunders, Meaford

3rd Place: Brenda Jack, Dundalk

Previous winners:

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:

The Bicycle Café
The Bookstore
Chapman's Ice Cream
The Colour Jar
ColourPix Graphic Design Services
Grey County Public Libraries
Grey Roots Museum and Archives
John Tamming Law
Alex Ruff, MP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
Nature's Path Osteopathy and Alternative Healing
Owen Sound Transportation Company
The Restaurant - Leela's Villa Inn
Speaking Volumes Books and Audio
Bill Walker, MPP Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound
West Grey Chamber of Commerce


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