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Robert Iantorno reads renovation revelations – money, anxiety, good faith, bad cheques, tool breakdowns and people meltdowns


Robert Iantorno reads Open up the Wall by Geoff Bowes 

Robert Iantorno

Robert Edward Iantorno (1986) is curious; always has been. He grew up in Toronto in the family business, and learned the value of kindness and good work.

Robert studied history and languages at U of T, and has designed products and managed companies in the building products space, always with the ethos of customer service, quality of product and responsible Canadian industry.

Robert consults on business realization and also sells and rents rusty junk from the 20th Century through his side hustle, Øbject Salvage.

Robert is Curator at South Grey Museum, a vibrant part of the Grey Highlands community that celebrates heritage and amplifies local culture. He gets to work with great people in the name of making the community a great place. Stop by and check it out.

Robert lives in Singhampton with his lovely wife Maria and their dogs, Lola, Bonneville and Zoë, in a Quonset shell house that he built. He likes the popping sound of his Triumph under deceleration when heading down Grey Road 30.

Robert is reading Open up the Wall by Geoff Bowes, the inside story of the reno biz that you won't see on any home renovation show.

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 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
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Speaking Volumes Tower Ad 2019
Grey Highlands Libraries
ColourPix Tower Ad
The Food Map
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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