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Orillia's Big Read

Orillia's Big Read is the library's community reading program which is sponsored by the Friends of the Library.  The Big Read encourages everyone in our community to read the same book, and to rediscover reading for the fun of it!  Now in our 10th year!

The 2016 Big Read is.... "The Naturalist" by Alissa York!

1867, Philadelphia. Amateur naturalist Walter Ash is on the brink of setting off to travel up his beloved Amazon when fate intervenes, obliging his only son to take his place. More at ease among his books than in the field, Paul Ash takes a reluctant leave of absence from Harvard's Museum of Comparative Zoology to accompany his grieving stepmother and her young companion to the fabled River Sea. Paul holds no memory of the place, though he was born there; he was still an infant when his father carried him out of the jungle and away from the mixed-blood family he might have known. As it transpires, however, neither the region nor its people have forgotten Paul. The Amazon lays claim to him in no uncertain terms, but it also works a peculiar magic on both his father's lovely widow and her friend--a quiet little Quaker named Rachel Weaver who proves strangely at home in the wild.

For adults who spend all their time in the kid's section, we have a treat for you! Look for tote bags with the Big Read and a "Little" Big Read, Toshi's Little Treasures by Nadine Robert and illustrated by Aki.

BIG READ FINALE - Friday, September 16th at 7:30 p.m.
Join us for an evening with award-winning author Alissa York at the Library on Friday, September 16th at 7:30 p.m.   Alissa will discuss the origins of the "The Naturalist", her formative years in the wilds of Northern Alberta, the influence of world-renowned naturalist David Attenborough and her trip to the Amazon.  Wine and appetizers provided by Era 67.  Tickets $15 per person and are available at the CheckOut Desk.
Please email us for more information.

Check out past Big Read selections:

2015 - "The Martian" by Andy Weir: Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him & forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded & completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive.

2014 - "Settlement" by Ann Birch: The untold story of scandal and political intrigue in early Toronto.

2013 - "The Painted Girls" by Cathy Marie Buchanan: A gripping novel set in Belle Époque Paris and inspired by the real-life model for Degas's Little Dancer Aged Fourteen and a notorious criminal trial of the era.

2012 - "The Woefield Poultry Collective" by Susan Juby:  A fresh, funny tale of Prudence, a transplanted New Yorker who inherits Woefield, a run-down farm on Vancouver Island.

2011 - "Ragged Company" by Richard Wagamese: Four homeless friends seek refuge from the weather at the cinema.  A lottery win changes their lives and friendships in unexpected ways.

2010 - "Old City Hall" by Robert Rotenberg: A slick and contemporary tale of crime and justice in Toronto, Haliburton and points in between. 

2009 - "The Uncommon Reader" by Alan Bennett: What would happen if the Queen visited a bookmobile? Would she neglect her duties if she became an avid reader?

2008 - "Midnight at the Dragon Cafe" by Judy Fong Bates: A cross-cultural coming-of-age tale set in small-town Ontario.

2007 - "Down in the Dumps" by Mel Malton: A fun and breezy story of an amateur sleuth in the woods of Muskoka.