Manitobans have spoken! More of you voted for a book on the 2011-12 On The Same Page shortlist than in the three previous years of the program, and you chose The Setting Lake Sun / Le soleil de lac qui se couche by J.R. Léveillé.
With generous funding from The Winnipeg Foundation and the enthusiastic participation of Manitoba libraries, bookstores and media, On The Same Page brings Manitobans together for a shared reading experience–it’s the province’s biggest bookclub.
Born in Winnipeg, J.R. Léveillé has worked for Radio-Canada for many years and written over thirty books: novels, poetry collections, and literary essays. The Setting Lake Sun is set in Winnipeg and Manitoba’s north and tells the story of Angele, a young Metis woman studying architecture, and what she learns from her encounter with Ueno, an older poet of Japanese descent. It’s a love story as a spiritual journey, a celebration of life in all its incompleteness, imperfection, and impermanence.
Now that Manitobans have selected the book to read, we move into the next phase of On The Same Page: putting together a Readers’ Guide to the book, figuring out the best ways to distribute free copies across the province, and planning a wide range of events (including chances to meet the author) to take place in January-February 2012. Keep your eye out for more!