Barrie Reads Evergreen 2010 Event

Barrie Reads Evergreen is following in the footsteps of CBC’s very successful Canada Reads. 10 local luminaries have been invited to champion the books that have been nominated for the Ontario Library Association’s prestigious Evergreen Award 2010, and they are already busy reading.

Join us for an evening of discussion, voting, refreshments, and door prizes when local luminaries will champion their chosen Evergreen books.

Friday September 24

7:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Angus Ross Room, Barrie Public Library

All adults welcome. For more information contact Alison Brumwell by email or by phone 728-1010 ext. 7084.

You can participate too! Start reading the nominated books now.

Monday, July 5, 2010

Oonagh by Mary Tilberg

My goal this summer is to read as many of the 2010 Evergreen nominees as possible so I'll be ready for our first ever Barrie Reads Evergreen event on the 24th of September. Remember, library patrons from all across Ontario will be voting for their favourite nominee, so don't miss your chance to have your say. Pop into Barrie Public Library today and pick up a copy of one of these excellent books.
I recently finished reading Oonagh by Mary Tilberg. What a spellbinding smooth read! I loved the main setting of this tale - Coburg Ontario around 1832. You can't help admire Oonagh's fierce independence and Chauncey's wise and gentle nature. It's a beautiful love story between an young Irish woman and an escaped slave from America but, beware, prejudice and racism abound. Truly, a gripping story from the get-go!
Although Mary Tilberg's Oonagh is a work of fiction, I was reminded of the fact that although Canada is known today as a racially tolerant country, many Black Canadians 100 or more years ago, were made to feel unwelcome in our beloved country and faced extreme racial discrimination. For that, I feel embarassed and sad.

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