CPL usually has a few events a year when we can all read the same book at the same time, but I’m not sure we’ve ever had two right in a row before! This year we’ve got back-to-back read-together activities: Together We Read runs from Oct. 18-30, and then Big Library Read runs from Nov. 1–15. Both reading events provide unlimited digital copies through CPL’s Overdrive collection or the Libby app. Let’s meet our contestants:
On October 18, Together We Read is featuring the acclaimed book of short stories Frying Plantain by Zalika Reid-Benta, published by House of Anansi Press. A short story collection set in Toronto’s Little Jamaica neighbourhood, Frying Plantain was longlisted for the 2019 Giller Prize: ”Kara Davis is a girl caught in the middle — of her Canadian nationality and her desire to be a “true” Jamaican, of her mother and grandmother’s rages and life lessons, of having to avoid being thought of as too “faas” or too “quiet” or too “bold” or too “soft.” Set in “Little Jamaica,” Toronto’s Eglinton West neighbourhood, Kara moves from girlhood to the threshold of adulthood, from elementary school to high school graduation, in these twelve interconnected stories”.
On November 1, Big Library Read is featuring the New York Times bestselling young adult suspense thriller Five Total Strangers by Natalie D. Richards: “Mira needs to get home for the holidays. Badly. But when an incoming blizzard results in a canceled connecting flight, it looks like she might get stuck at the airport indefinitely. And then Harper, Mira’s glamorous seatmate from her initial flight, offers her a ride. Harper and her three friends can drop Mira off on their way home. But as they set off, Mira realizes her fellow travelers are all total strangers. And every one of them is hiding something. Soon, roads go from slippery to terrifying. People’s belongings are mysteriously disappearing. Someone in the car is clearly lying, and may even be sabotaging the trip—but why? And can Mira make it home alive, or will this nightmare drive turn fatal?”.