Grey Highlands Public Library staff accept their prize of $200 worth of books, one of many winners in this year's contest. From left to right: Michelle Campbell, Greg Haug, Linda Weatherall and CEO Wilda Allen.
BY SOUTHGREY.CA STAFF — The 2020 Grey County Reads contest finished this week with a local author and local celebrity advocate landing on top. On Monday, March 9, it was announced that Markdale resident Geoff Bowes' Open Up the Wall was chosen by website visitors as the best-of-the-best among this year's literary contenders.
Successfully advocated by Robert Iantorno, curator of South Grey Museum in Flesherton, Bowes' hilarious exposé of the construction trades took top prize garnering approximately 300 votes over the course of a four-week playoff.
The winner beat out four other books in the competition including Dance of the Happy Shades by Alice Munro, Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates, To the River by Don Gillmor and Empire of Wild by Cherie Dimaline. Celebrity readers, John Tamming, Cathy Hird, Michael Den Tandt and Kimberly Edwards did their best to make the case for each of their selected works, but in the end, they couldn't match the power of a persuasive local campaign to make Iantorno's book-of-choice number one.
Readers are encouraged to peruse each of these submissions, pick up their own copy of one or more of these books and give us their opinion too. Books are available in limited quantities from your local public library or may be purchased from your favourite local bookstore.
During the elimination rounds of the four-week playoff, one community library was also chosen by our voters to win $200 worth of books, courtesy of Speaking Volumes Books and Audio. That community library is Grey Highlands.
Congratulations are also extended to three voters, chosen at random, to also win gift certificates from Speaking Volumes Books and Audio:
1st Place: Michele Harris, Flesherton
2nd Place: Sabrina Saunders, Meaford
3rd Place: Brenda Jack, Dundalk
Previous Grey County Reads winners include:
2019: Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice, advocated by Steven Morel.
2018: Crow Lake by Mary Lawson, advocated by Sharon Sinclair.
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