Alumni Western presents: London Reads announced the literary line up for the fifth annual edition of the program.
London Reads, first launched as Western Reads as part of the The University of Western Ontario's 125th anniversary celebrations in 2003, promotes Canadian authors and the importance of literacy. Modeled after CBC Radio's Canada Reads, the program invites the entire community to read along with and engage local celebrity panelists as they deliberate the merits of Canadian fiction.
The public is encouraged to participate by:
- Reading the featured books along with the panelists
- Attending events featuring each team of panelists and their book, taking place monthly from October 2007 to February 2008 throughout the City (exact dates and locations to be announced)
- Joining online activity, where readers can vote for their favourite book and podcasts of book readings will be available
The final debate will take place in March. The winning book will be announced on World Book Day, April 23, and the author will be invited to visit the Wolf Performance Hall at the Central Library to read from and discuss the novel in May.
London Reads partners are Alumni Western, the Book Store at Western, the London Public Library, and the City of London. The Book Store at Western and Books Plus at the corner of Western and Sarnia Roads are offering a 20 per cent discount on the featured books. All London Public Library branches will feature London Reads book displays during the coming months and, as an alternative to online voting, ballot boxes will be available at all branches so patrons can vote for their favourite book.
Visit the website to see the list of books and celebrity readers for 2007-08.