Lennoxville Canada Reads event to welcome national host

By Gordon Lambie

The Lennoxville Library’s annual “Canada Reads . . . and so does Lennoxville” event is coming up on March 11 and it is getting a noteworthy special guest. Ali Hassan, Canadian comedian and host of the national Canada Reads competition since 2017, will be moderating the Lennoxville event for its fifteenth edition. “We just felt this was a great chance for the community,” said Judy Keenan, who heads up the event’s organizing committee, explaining even though the offer came relatively late in the planning process it was a pleasant surprise. “It was something we couldn’t pass up,” she added, noting that although the CBC has long supported the Lennoxville event this is a whole new level of collaboration. Hassan will also be joined by Breakaway host Alison Brunette, and the event will be recorded so that excerpts can be presented on future radio broadcasts. Held the week before the national Canada Reads debates are broadcast on the CBC, “Canada Reads . . . and so does Lennoxville” brings together book lovers from Sherbrooke and surrounding communities to hear five local panelists make their case for the book they believe should be chosen as the “one book to bring Canada into focus.” See full story in the Friday, Feb. 28 edition of The Record.

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