Alissa York’s Fauna Is the Book to Read This Fall

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Halifax, N.S. – For the second year, Nova Scotians are being asked to “read the same book and share the same story” in a provincewide initiative called One Book Nova Scotia. Alissa York’s Fauna, published in 2010, was announced at a launch event today as the official One Book Nova Scotia selection for 2013.

Fauna is a novel that explores issues between humans and nature,” said Frances Newman, chair of the One Book Nova Scotia steering committee and CEO of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. “It was selected because it’s the kind of book that will inspire great discussions.”

Fauna  was selected by a committee of librarians and industry professionals in Nova Scotia who used the following criteria:

  • must be written by a living Canadian author
  • must be able to generate discussion and exchange of ideas
  • must be appealing to a broad range of adult readers of varying ages, literacy levels and life experience
  • must be in print and available for purchase in paperback
  • must be strongly written with a compelling story, characters and setting that will generate excitement among readers

One Book Nova Scotia will run from Sept. 10 until Nov. 2. Alissa York. will be doing readings at public libraries and other venues across the province, beginning on Oct. 2.

The One Book movement began in 1998 out of the Seattle Public Library. Since then, the concept has spread to other locations, including Calgary, Waterloo and PEI. “Our main goal for the program is to contribute to a reading culture in this province. For eight weeks this fall, Nova Scotians will be members of a provincewide book club,” said Frances.

Fauna is available to borrow at libraries across the province, in both eBook and traditional formats. An audio version is available through the Canadian National Institute for the Blind in DAISY format (CD and MP3 download). The book can also be purchased at your local bookstore or online. More information about One Book Nova Scotia can be found at


One Book Nova Scotia is organized under Libraries Nova Scotia (LNS). LNS represents public, university, and community college libraries and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library. The Nova Scotia Department of Communities, Culture & Heritage is also involved in this initiative.

Marlo MacKay
Communications coordinator, Dalhousie University Libraries

Angela Johnson
Media liaison, province of Nova Scotia