Amherst library participates in One Book launch

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Author coming to Four Fathers on Oct. 7

AMHERST – A book that explores issues between humans and nature is this year’s One Book Nova Scotia Selection.

Barb Bowes reads a passage from Fauna during the launch of the One Book Nova Scotia selection at the Four Fathers Library in Amherst.

AMHERST – A book that explores issues between humans and nature is this year’s One Book Nova Scotia Selection.

Fauna, by Alissa York, was unveiled at a series of public readings across Nova Scotia, including at the Four Fathers Library in Amherst.

“The definitely has lots of things to talk about,” Cumberland Public Libraries deputy chief librarian Denise Corey said following a reading that included several local celebrities including action police chief Ian Naylor, actress Barb Bowes and town councillors Dave March and Frank Balcom. “From the beginning the book introduces the difficult things going on in the lives of the characters and there’s a undercurrent about the relationship between humans and nature.”

The book, published in 2010, was selected because it’s the kind of book that will inspire great discussions. A committee of librarians and industry professionals in Nova Scotia selected it.

The selection was based on a number of criteria including it had to be written by a living Canadian author, be able to generate discussion and an exchange of ideas, be appealing to broad range of adult readers of varying ages, literacy levels and life experiences.

Cumberland Colchester Musquodoboit Valley MP Scott Armstrong, who was one of the presenters in Amherst on Tuesday, said reading is one of the most important life skills and he’s hoping programs such as One Book Nova Scotia will encourage more people to pick up reading.

“When I was a school principal I always made literacy a priority because you can learn so much. If you’re able to read or glean information you can teach yourself so much,” Armstrong said. “Reading is a skill and that’s where education needs to focus. The first rule of education needs to be to create literate citizens.”

One Book Nova Scotia runs until Nov. 2 and York will be doing readings at public libraries and other venues beginning Oct. 2. She is scheduled to be in Amherst on Oct. 7.

The One Book movement began in 1998 in Seattle, Wash. Since then, the concept has spread to other areas including Calgary, Waterloo, Ont. and Prince Edward Island.

The book is available to borrow at libraries across the province in both ebook and traditional format. An audio version is available through the CNIB in DAISY format (MP3 and CD download).

It can also be purchased at local bookstores or online.

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Corey said there were 35 copies available through the Cumberland Public Libraries. By the end of the day Tuesday most of those copies had been borrowed.

Along with York’s visit to Amherst, Corey said there will also be a discussion group at the Oxford Library. The date has yet to be confirmed.



Organizations: Cumberland Public Libraries, Oxford Library

Geographic location: Amherst, Nova Scotia, York Seattle, Wash. Calgary Waterloo Prince Edward Island

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