BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF –
Following five weeks of advocacy and four weeks of elimination-round playoff, Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice is this year's Grey County Reads winner. The book was successfully promoted by Steven Morel who explained the book's virtues in five instalments covering introduction, plot summary, character analysis, theme and conclusion.
Entertainer extraordinaire and local arts administrator with the Durham Art Gallery, Morel chose the book out of a long list of suggestions from seven Grey County library boards. "I wished to support an indigenous writer who grew up in Wasauksing experiencing the same spectacular winters around Parry Sound that I did," said Morel when justifying his choice.
Even the author himself weighed in on this year's winning advocate. "Thank you very much for your generous and thoughtful testimonial," said Waubgeshig Rice in a recent Youtube post. "It's especially nice to see this review from someone from back home! I'm honoured that you've spent so much time with my story in order to offer these great insights. The story clearly resonated with you," he said as he went on to thank everyone who voted for his book in this year's contest.
Runner up goes to Starlight by Richard Wagamese, advocated by Kaleena Johnson of the Owen Sound Transportation Company, operators of the well-known Chi-Cheemaun ferry.
Other books in this year's contest included Bellevue Square by Michael Redhill, advocated by Terry Burns, Steal Away Home by Karolyn Smardz-Frost, advocated by Geoff Bowes and The Evening Chorus by Helen Humphreys, advocated by Carolyn Latourneau.
The winner was chosen by South Grey News readers. While casting votes for their favourite book, readers also voted for their local library for a chance to win $200 worth of books for their community. It was a close race but in the end, West Grey Library pulled out their second win over the last two years with 35% of the vote. Owen Sound Library finished a close second garnering 31%.
In addition, three people were chosen at random from all who voted over the course of the contest. Kelly Strange of Dundalk won a $50 gift certificate from Speaking Volumes Books and Audio, while Rosemary Buchanan of Shallow Lake and Linda Klages of Hanover won $30 and $20 gift certificates respectively.
To read about each of the books in this year's contest visit the pages of Grey County Reads on SouthGrey.ca.
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