Voting for the fifth year of “On The Same Page” has begun!
All Manitobans now have a chance to read the four works on the shortlist and vote for the title you think should be chosen for the 2012-13 edition of the program. Which of these will it be (as the Winnipeg Free Press describes them): “an academic satire set in a fictionalized Winnipeg university, a young adult novel set in a tuberculosis sanatorium, a memoir of growing up in a Palestinian refugee camp or a collection of Manitoba aboriginal writing from Chief Peguis to today?”
A Thousand Farewells, by Nahlah Ayed
Queen of Hearts, by Martha Brooks
Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water, edited by Niigaanwewidam Sinclair & Warren Cariou
A Large Harmonium, by Sue Sorensen
A group reading from all four titles on the shortlist will be held at McNally Robinson Booksellers (1120 Grant Avenue) at 7 pm on Thursday, September 13, just before voting ends on September 14. You can vote online at OnTheSamePage.ca or by paper ballot, available at all twenty Winnipeg Public Library branches.
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.
After Manitobans have chosen the book they want to read, we’ll move into the next phase: putting together a Readers’ Guide to the book, figuring out the best ways to distribute hundreds of free copies across the province, and planning a wide range of events (including chances to meet the author) to take place during January & February 2013.