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SDG Reads – Meet the Author Event
October 20, 2016
The SD&G County Library welcomed award-winning author Frances Itani on Wednesday, October 19, to the final event of the six-month long ‘SDG Reads’ program. Ms. Itani’s novel, Tell, a Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist, was selected as the title for this year’s community reading program. At the final event held at North Stormont Place in Avonmore, participants had an opportunity to meet the author.
Over 100 people attended the event to hear Ms. Itani read from her novels, share information about her upcoming book, ask questions about her writing process and have books signed. Participants were also treated to a short concert that paid homage to the novel, Tell, and enjoy some light refreshments while having the opportunity to discuss the book.
“We are extremely pleased that Frances Itani agreed to be a part of our ‘SDG Reads’ program this year, and even more pleased with the community response to the program”, said Karen Franklin, Director of Library Services. “Our committee worked hard to create a program for the final event that would complement the novel and the spirit of our community reads initiative.”
The 2016 SDG Reads program ran from May until October, but community members are still encouraged to borrow the book if they have not yet had a chance to read it. Planning for our 2017 program will begin soon – if you would like to suggest a potential title or author for SDG Reads, please contact Susan Wallwork, Communications & Marketing Librarian at (613) 936 -8777 ext. 226 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Award-winning author Frances Itani has published 16 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, essays and children’s books. Tell is the follow-up to her bestselling novel Deafening. Tell takes place in rural Ontario in 1919, and follows the lives of four individuals as they deal with wounds from their pasts.
The New York Times stated “the historical research behind the novel is impeccable, and shines in the seamless integration of period details…”, while the Toronto Star review noted “Itani’s imagery is evocative and indelible”.