February is a fabulous month to highlight and celebrate our vibrant, diverse and burgeoning publishing industry. Authors from our province have created amazing fictional stories, true-to-life adventures, history, biographies, romances, science fiction, paranormal, children’s picture books, young adult literature and more.
Whether the author is published by one of our local presses, self publishes their own books or is published by large Canadian or U.S. press, there is something for everyone. Drop into your closest public library and check out your favourite kind of book.
Many of the libraries around the province are having special events and displays to celebrate our local authors. Please check the events calendar on our webpage or on your library’s Facebook page.
Selfie Challenge: Take a selfie of you reading — preferably a local book — and post on facebook or twitter using #NLREADS and # LOLANL.
Author Meet and Greets are happening in several locations — Feb. 15 in Wabush, Feb. 16 in Clarenville, Feb. 21 in Stephenville, Feb. 28 in Corner Brook. Call each library for details or check our twitter feed at: @NLPubLibraries
Calling all mystery and true crime readers — Fred Humber will be reading from his book – “Death at the Harbourview Café” on Wednesday, Feb. 21 from 2:30-4 p.m. at the AC hunter Library.
Family Storytime on Feb. 27 from 6:30 – 7 at the AC Hunter Children’s Library will have a Newfoundland and Labrador focus.
NLREADS – February 28, 2018
In partnership with CBC, the Newfoundland and Labrador Public Libraries, will host NLREADS —an evening where four reader-advocates will defend their books and the viewing audience gets to cast the final vote to decide the winning book. For readers outside the metro area, you can vote with a paper ballot at your local library or vote online by going to our website (www.nlpl.ca) and follow the link.
You can come to your library and check out these books or go to our eLibrary and download them. (https://elibrary.overdrive.com)
Krissy Holmes, host of the CBC Morning Show, will be our moderator for the evening.
The four books and their reader-advocates are:
1). “The Greatest Hits of Wanda Jaynes” by Bridget Canning which will be defended by Cynthia Kelly who is a library patron.
2). “The Last Beothuk” by Gary Collins which will be defended by Daniel Murphy who is a library assistant.
3). “A Newfoundlander in Canada” by Alan Doyle which will be defended by Paul Rowe who is an author.
4). “We’ll All Be Burnt in Our Beds Some Night” by Joel Thomas Hynes which will be defended by Jane Adey, CBC producer.
To reserve your seat, please call 737-3950.
Find us on Twitter @NLPubLibraries
This column will return on March 17, 2018.