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Grey County Reads -2021


2020 Top 10 Stories: 2

2020 Top 10 Stories: 2

Grey County Reads garners more than 12k visits to

BY SOUTHGREY.CA — In April, Booknet Canada, a non-profit organization that develops technology, standards, and education to serve the Canadian book industry, reported on the impact of COVID-19 on book reading, borrowing and buying in Canada. The results of a short survey, painted the picture of a whole society of Canadians doing more at-home activities than ever before. In addition to consuming more TV, browsing the internet, listening to music and playing games, 58% of those surveyed, said that they were also reading more.

It's no surprise, especially since, in the first few months of the pandemic, our leisure time and the nature of our social activities changed drastically. In March, we reported a number of 'winners' in the new normal. From puzzle and game retailers to hardware and building centres, some pastime suppliers were doing quite well, thank you very much (read What are you doing during the COVID-19 pandemic?). But while libraries were struggling with safety measures to open their doors and allow physical visits, book reading, ordering and discussion online was flourishing.

Our Grey County Reads contest wrapped up in March, seemingly timed to take full advantage of this latest wrinkle in our behaviour. Five Canadian-authored books competed to win bragging rights for 2020. This years contenders were:

  • Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munroe, advocated by John Tamming
  • Empire of Wild by Cheri Dimaline, advocated by Kimberley Edwards
  • Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates, advocated by Cathy Hird
  • Open Up the Wall by Geoff Bowes, advocated by Robert Iantorno
  • To the River by Don Gillmor, advocated by Michael Den Tandt

In the end, it was Open Up the Wall by Geoff Bowes that emerged as winner. A close contest, well advocated by each of our readers, Grey County Reads provided us with a stellar list of quality book titles with detailed synopses for all of the stories involved.

Once again, we need to thank our readers and everyone who participated in this, the most successful edition of our contest to date.

2021 Grey County Reads books 

Now it is time for the next Grey County Reads competition. This year, six books will vie for the 2021 championship:

  • Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson - advocated by Shawn Ankenmann, owner of Highland Grounds Fair Trade Coffee Shop in Grey Highlands
  • Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens - advocated by Sydney Austin, General Manager of Staples in Owen Sound
  • From the Ashes: My Story of Being Métis, Homeless, and Finding My Way by Jesse Thistle - advocated by Norma Graham, Assistant Librarian for the Hanover Public Library
  • The Company We Keep by Francis Itani - advocated by JD Moffat, Morning Show Announcer for Jewel 99.3 in Meaford
  • The Overstory by Richard Powers - advocated by Kaitland Murray, Administrator for the Town of Blue Mountains Chamber of Commerce
  • Women Talking by Miriam Toews - advocated by Amanda Bible, leader of the Bible Team for Rock Capital Investments, The Mortgage Centre

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. For now, read about each of the six Chamber of Commerce communities involved in this year's contest on the pages of Grey County Reads.



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