Dynamic Duo takes on Georgian Bay Reads

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Creemore is dually represented during the 9th annual Georgian Bay Reads challenge as Purple Hills Arts and Heritage Society President Julie Pollock brings The Lost Diaries of Susanna Moodie by Cecily Ross to the table on Saturday, October 21 at the Collingwood Leisure Club.

The literary event, organized by libraries throughout the area, pits book defenders from participating communities against each other to determine the book that area residents should read.

“I am thrilled that Julie is going to be defending my book.” said Ross.

“I think it is a great selection, but I am biased of course. Susanna Moodie was a real person, there is just so much to talk about in this book and because I am a local author that adds something into the mix.”

Other books in the mix include Rilla of Ingleside by L.M. Montgomery, selected by Collingwood representative Marion McLeod and Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese for Meaford Library as presented by Leslie Ransom. Anne Arksey brings Man in the Shadows by Gordon Henderson on behalf of Spingwater and Wasaga Beach’s Cathy Turrie represents Wasaga Beach with We’re All in This Together by Amy Jones.

Ross continues, “Some of the books are newly published, like mine, and some of them have been around for a while. They all sound like really fantastic candidates.”

Each defender will explain why their choice is the most compelling title as the moderator, past Georgian Bay Reads winner Julie LeBlanc, asks questions to be answered within a set time limit. The other contenders will be arguing and presenting passionate critiques of all books but their own. As each round ends, a defender and book are voted down, until only the Georgian Bay Reads Champion is left. The audience can participate in the fun as well by voting for the People’s Choice Award.

“It’s going to be an incredible event this year,” says Dorothy Gebert, Public Relations Coordinator at the Collingwood Public Library.

“We’ve got five fabulous books with five enthusiastic defenders, so I can guarantee that intellectual repartee and tension-filled moments will be part of the show. It is going to be an exciting event to be at!”

The event starts at 7 p.m. at the Collingwood Leisure Club, 100 Minnesota Street. The event is free but tickets are limited. Contact your local library today to reserve yours. For information contact Michele McKenzie, Deputy CEO of the Clearview Public Library, 705-428-3595, [email protected]

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