Grey County Reads

Geoff Bowes with Steal Away Home

Geoff Bowes will Steal Away Home

Geoff Bowes

A graduate of the National Theatre School of Canada, Geoff Bowes worked as an actor on stages across the country including the Stratford Festival, Theatre Calgary, The Shaw Festival, CanStage and a host of Toronto theatres. His TV and film work has taken him from LA to Thunder Bay, working with Bruce Dern, Ann Margaret, Paul Gross, James Woods, and Sarah Polley, to name his favourites.

Abruptly changing careers when his children were little, Mr. Bowes opened his own construction company, and spent seventeen years beautifying southern Ontario one house at a time.

He recently published the hilarious and insightful book Open up the Wall - Revelations of a Renovation Contractor chronicling his transition from actor to tradesmen, and celebrating the astonishing collection of crazy characters that he encountered on both sides of the toolbelt.

Mr. Bowes lives outside Markdale with his beloved wife, his devoted dog, and a herd of indifferent cows.

Karolyn Smardz-Frost

A Senior Research Fellow at the Harriet Tubman Institute at York University, Karolyn Smardz-Frost is a Canadian historian, archaeologist and professor of history. She won the Governor General's Award for English-language non-fiction in 2007 for I’ve Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad and her most recent book Steal Away Home has received critical praise throughout the literary world for it's unique blend of archaeological and historical research, mixed with compelling and descriptive story-telling.

Grey County Reads

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

How to Participate

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.

  • Kaleena Johnson, Manager of Customer & Media Relations for the MS Chi-Cheemaun, will advocate for Starlight by Richard Wagamese.
  • Terry Burns, writer, poet, visual artist and arts administrator, will advocate for Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill.
  • Steve Morel, Entertainer and Arts Administrator for Durham Art Gallery, will advocate for Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice.
  • Geoff Bowes, actor, author and former carpenter, will advocate for Steal Away Home by Karolyn Smardz-Frost.
  • Carolyn Latourneau, Executive Director for Beaver Valley Outreach will advocate for The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys.

Read any or all of the Grey County Reads books and/or read each of the book synopses and celebrity installments posted on starting January, 2019.

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
Larry Miller, 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 - 2018


your neighbourhood
south grey news
Grey Highlands Libraries
Speaking Volumes Tower ad
The Art Map
ColourPix Tower Ad
Bill Walker 2018 ad
Timothy Dyck
Chapmans proudly Canadian
The Bookstore
Bicycle Cafe
Chi-Cheemaun month of Sundays
Nature's Path - 2
Larry Miller - 2018
West Grey Chamber - Nov - 2 - 2018
Tamming Law
Grey Roots
Leela's Villa Inn