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 local authors’ works is also a great way to learn about our own communities and share the stories of fellow Canadians.
Our local libraries are an extensive source of Canadian-authored 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:
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.
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.
Grey County Reads is supported through advertising by these local businesses and organizations:
Bayview Escarpment Fine Furniture and Cabinetry
The Bicycle Café
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.
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