Lennoxville’s annual Canada Reads foreshadow event back in person

By Michael Boriero
Lennoxville’s annual Canada Reads foreshadow event back in person

The Lennoxville Library will be hosting its annual Canada Reads, and so does Lennoxville! event in person for the first time in nearly two years.

Last year, the event was held virtually over Zoom. However, with Quebec loosening its health and safety restrictions, the library felt it was safe to bring presenters and spectators back in the same room. It will take place on the evening of March 23 at the Hope Community Church.

Lennoxville Library Coordinator Christian Collins told The Record that the event dates back to the early 2000s. It’s the borough’s version of CBC’s Canada Reads, he explained, an annual battle-of-the-books style competition, which, this year, is being held between March 28-31.

“In the past, it has been called a foreshadow event to the CBC event, so we do it the week before and we’re discussing the same books, but it’s local presenters, so it gets everyone in our community reading and discussing the books,” Collins said in a phone interview.

The books covered at this year’s event include: Five Little Indians by Michelle Good, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan, Scarborough by Catherine Hernandez, What Strange Paradise by Omar Al-Akkad, and Life in the City of Dirty Water by Clayton Thomas-Müller.

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