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6 libraries, 6 books, 1 winner!


Join your Library for our annual Simcoe Reads event! A champion from each community has chosen a book they think everyone in Simcoe County should read right now. Our competitors are Barrie, Essa, Innisfil, New Tecumseth, and Ramara Public Libraries!

Our local champion, Kevin Cascagnette, has chosen Waubgeshig Rice’s gripping novel, Moon of the Turning Leaves.

Simcoe Reads Author Visit

Thursday, September 19, 6:00PM

Join MPL and community champion Kevin Cascagnette in conversation with Waubgeshig Rice. Stay tuned for registration details.


Simcoe Reads Debate

Thursday, October 24, 6:30PM

At the Udney Community Centre, Ramara

After a summer of reading terrific books, interacting with the authors and your community’s champion, please plan to join us for the final event: a conversation between the 6 champions representing Barrie Public Library, Essa Public Library, Innisfil ideaLab & Library, Midland Public Library, New Tecumseth Public Library, and Ramara Public Library. This in-person event will be at the Udney Community Centre (2347 Concession Rd 10, Brechin ON L0K1B0) on Thursday, October 24, at 6:30 pm. Audience voting will happen the night of the event to determine the number one book to be read in Simcoe County. Stay tuned for registration details.


Join in the social media discussion by using #SimcoeReads2024.


More about Waubgeshig Rice and Moon of the Turning Leaves:

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist living in Sudbury, Ontario. He’s of Anishinaabe and Canadian descent, and grew up in his father’s home community of Wasauksing First Nation, an island community on Georgian Bay near Parry Sound. He’s written three novels and a short story collection. Other short stories and essays that he’s written have been published in several anthologies. He worked for nearly two decades as a journalist, mostly with CBC, while he wrote fiction in his spare time. Recently he moved on from full-time journalism to make literature and storytelling his primary focus.

He was fortunate to grow up in a time when his home community was reclaiming and reconnecting with Anishinaabe culture and stories, and those experiences have largely informed and influenced the storytelling journey he’s on today. “It is a great honour and a privilege to write about and share our people’s historic and contemporary experiences. I do so with the utmost respect and humility.” He and his wife try to raise their three sons with the Anishinaabe principles passed down to them by their families and communities, and they are proud to share their way of life.

In Moon of the Turning Leaves, it’s been over a decade since a mysterious cataclysm caused a permanent blackout that toppled infrastructure and thrust the world into anarchy. Evan Whitesky led his community in remote northern Ontario off the rez and into the bush, where they’ve been living off the land, rekindling their Anishinaabe traditions in total isolation from the outside world. As new generations are born, and others come of age in the world after everything, Evan’s people are in some ways stronger than ever. But resources in and around their new settlement are beginning to dry up, and the elders warn that they cannot afford to stay indefinitely. Evan and his fifteen-year-old daughter, Nangohns, are elected to lead a small scouting party on a months-long trip to their traditional home on the north shore of Lake Huron—to seek new beginnings, and discover what kind of life—and what dangers—still exist in the lands to the south.

More about Kevin:

Kevin Cascagnette is a versatile professional with over a decade of expertise in the creative industry, proudly rooted in his hometown of Midland, Ontario. Having navigated through roles in graphic design, art direction, and photography, Kevin’s journey embodies a commitment to artistic expression and community engagement. His dedication to his craft has been instrumental in shaping projects that resonate with audiences on a profound level. Moreover, his entrepreneurial spirit led him to establish a thriving photography business, where he artfully captures the essence of everyday life and love and shares that beauty with the world.

Beyond his professional endeavours, Kevin is deeply invested in community service, actively supporting organizations such as North Simcoe Rotaract, CLH Foundation, and the GBGH Foundation. His unwavering dedication to giving back reflects his core values and commitment to fostering positive change within his local community.

As a proud Indigenous individual, Kevin brings a unique cultural perspective to his work and interactions, further reflected in his interests. He finds inspiration in the works of Indigenous and Canadian authors and artists, exploring the diverse narratives that shape Canadian identity. With a profound appreciation for Canadian literature and a lived experience with Indigenous culture, Kevin offers invaluable insights and perspectives as he champions the thrilling narrative of Moon of The Turning Leaves by Waubgeshig Rice.

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