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Barrie Reads Evergreen is Back But with a New Format!


Barrie Reads Evergreen is Back But with a New Format!

Between May and October we’ll be featuring several of the 2014 Evergreen nominees through author visits, book club discussions, and themed events. Watch our website for list of upcoming Evergreen events.

Start reading this awesome selection of Canadian fiction and non-fiction books selected by Ontario librarians. Then, vote for your favourite in October.

Barrie Reads Evergreen Bookmarks will soon be available at both Downtown and Painswick.


The Stop: How the Fight for Good Food Transformed a Community and Inspired a Movement

By Nick Saul and Andrea Curtis

Describes how The Stop, a small Toronto food bank providing low quality food, was transformed into an internationally respected community food centre with gardens, kitchens, a greenhouse, and farmers' markets.

The Painted Girls

By Cathy Marie Buchanan

Paris, 1878. Following their father's sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.” In the end, each will come to realize that her salvation—her survival, even—lies with the other.

Cinnamon Toast and the End of the World

By Janet E. Cameron

It's the spring of 1987 and 17-year-old Stephen Shulevitz has less than three months left in high school in the small town in rural Nova Scotia where he's spent most of his life. But as Stephen prepares to leave Riverside behind, he falls in love with exactly the wrong person. And just like that everything changes.

The Massey Murder A Maid, Her Master and the Trial that Shocked a Nation

By Charlotte Gray

A scandalous crime, a sensational trial, a surprise verdict--the true story of Carrie Davies, the maid who shot a Massey In February 1915, a member of one of Canada's wealthiest families was shot and killed on the front porch of his home in Toronto as he was returning from work.

An Inquiry into Love and Death

By Simone St. James

In 1920's England, a young woman searches for the truth behind her uncle's mysterious death in a town haunted by a restless ghost. The arrival of handsome Scotland Yard inspector Drew Merriken, a former RAF pilot with mysteries of his own, leaves Jillian with more questions than answers--and with the added complication of a powerful, mutual attraction.

The Cat

By Edeet Ravel

Single mother Elise is completely devoted to her eleven-year-old son; he is her whole world. But that world is destroyed in one terrifying moment when her son is killed in a car accident just outside their home. Suddenly alone, surrounded by memories, Elise faces a future that feels unspeakably bleak—and pointless. Powerfully moving and deeply humane, The Cat is an unforgettable novel about the extraordinary resilience of the human spirit.

The Inconvenient Indian

By Thomas King

A critical and personal meditation that the remarkable Thomas King has conducted over the past 50 years about what it means to be “Indian” in North America.

Flee, Fly , Flown

By Janet Hepburn

When Lillian and Audrey hatch a plot to escape from Tranquil Meadows Nursing Home, “borrow” a car, and spend their hastily planned vacation time driving to destinations west, they aren’t fully aware of the challenges they will face. Their trip is almost over before it begins, until they meet up with the unsuspecting Rayne, a young man also heading west in hope of reconciling with his family.

River of Stars

By Guy Gavriel Kay

Ren Daiyan was just a boy when he took the lives of seven men while guarding an imperial magistrate of Kitai. Lin Shan is the daughter of a scholar, his beloved only child. In an empire divided by bitter factions circling an exquisitely cultured emperor who loves his gardens and his art far more than the burdens of governing, dramatic events on the northern steppe alter the balance of power in the world, leading to events no one could have foretold.

The Silent Wife

A.S.A. Harrison

Jodi and Todd are at a bad place in their marriage. Both are at the mercy of their unrelenting wants and needs, and both are unaware that the path they are on is careening toward murder. The Silent Wife is a finely wrought, emotionally charged psychological thriller about a marriage in the throes of dissolution, a couple headed for catastrophe, concessions that can’t be made, and promises that won’t be kept.