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Cathy Hird unlocks a few secrets in Judy Fong Bates' portrait of cultural division set in mid-century Canada

Grey County Reads - Cathy Hird 

Cathy Hird

After running a family sheep farm for thirty years, Cathy Hird now lives in a the woods on the shores of Georgian Bay. She works as a United Church minister in Northern Georgian Bluffs. Cathy weaves tapestries and scarves, and she tells stories that draw together the threads of modern questions and ancient myth.

Cathy has published novels, stories and poems. She writes a weekly spirituality column for the online news magazine owensoundhub.org. She is an avid reader who loves to discover new authors and the worlds they build.

Along with her first two novels set in ancient Greece, Cathy has also written a contemporary fantasy trilogy that draws on Celtic mythology and Arthurian legends.

Cathy will advocate for Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates, a vivid portrait of a childhood divided by two cultures and touched by unfulfilled longings and unspoken secrets.

Grey County Reads

Five local celebrities will advocate for five locally-authored books in Grey County Reads, a county-wide reading program involving seven Grey County libraries, including Grey Highlands, Hanover, Meaford, Owen Sound, Southgate, Town of Blue Mountains and West Grey.

Each celebrity will advocate for 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.

  • John Tamming of Tamming Law, will advocate for
    Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro
  • Robert Iantorno of the South Grey Museum, will advocate for
    Open up the Wall by Geoff Bowes
  • Kimberly Edwards of the Grey Bruce Sustainability Network, will advocate for
    Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline
  • Cathy Hird – writer, poet and minister at the Kemble Sarawak United Church,
    will advocate 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 will advocate for
    To the River by Don Gillmor

Celebrity installments will be posted to SouthGrey.ca beginning January 6, 2020. Read any or all of the Grey County Reads books and/or read each of the book synopses and celebrity installments to play along. Then vote for your favourite book and community library.

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

 

Grey County Reads Sponsors - 2019

 

your neighbourhood
Speaking Volumes Tower Ad 2019
Grey Highlands Libraries
ColourPix Tower Ad
The Food Map
Blank filler tower to push squares over
Leela's Villa Inn
Mullin Bookkeeping - 2019
Bill Walker 2018 ad
Colour Jar - 2020
Chapmans proudly Canadian
The Bookstore - 2019
Bicycle Cafe - 2019
Chi-Cheemaun month of Sundays - 2019
Nature's Path - 2019
Alex Ruff - 2019
West Grey Chamber - Nov 2019
Tamming Law - 2019
Grey Roots 2019