Tuesday, 7 August 2012

Fort McMurray Public Library celebrates reading with lively literary debate between locals

  • WHAT: Fort McMurray Reads 
  • WHEN: Saturday, August 25 from 6:00 to 9:00pm 
  • WHERE: Miskinaw South at Suncor Community Leisure Centre on MacDonald Island 
  • AUDIENCE: Teens and adults 
  • COST: Free to attend 
  • HOST: Fort McMurray Public Library  

Fort McMurray Public Library will be celebrating the end of its Adult & Teen Summer Reading Program with “Fort McMurray Reads”; a battle of the books.

Prominent community members on the Fort McMurray Reads Panel will go head-to-head in a debate to determine which of their chosen books should be THE recommended title for everyone in the Wood Buffalo region to read this year. Ultimately, however, the decision will rest in the hands of the event’s audience, who will cast votes to choose the Fort McMurray Reads Book of 2012.

Based on the popular CBC Canada Reads broadcasts, Fort McMurray Reads offers a fun local twist, one that seeks to get residents of Wood Buffalo talking about books, as well as the pleasures and benefits of life-long literacy.

The panelists for Fort McMurray Reads 2012 are:

Kevin Thornton
Journalist and library board member, serving as Panel Moderator

Rebekah Benoit
Journalist and book reviewer for Connect Weekly
Representing Mrs. Mike, by Benedict and Nancy Freeman

Ken Chapman
Lawyer and Director of the Oil Sands Development Group
Representing Monseigneur Quixote, by Graham Greene
Russell Thomas
Municipal Councilor and Director of Marketing & Communications at Keyano College
Representing The Best Laid Plans, by Terry Fallis

Toddske & Tito
YMM Podcast hosts and comic book aficionados
Representing Marvels, written by Kurt Busiek and illustrated by Alex Ross
Theresa Wells
Writer, blogger and Fort McMurray advocate
Representing Shoeless Joe, by W.P. Kinsella

Media Contact:
Meghan Casey
Cooperative Education Student, Adult Services
Fort McMurray Public Library

1 comment:

  1. Sadly, Russell Thomas had to pull out of Fort McMurray Reads due to a professional commitment. Political activist Kyle Harrietha stepped in and will be defending A Dance with Dragons by George R.R. Martin.