Leo McKay Jr.’s Twenty-Six Is the Book to Read This Fall

September 21, 2012 – Media Release

Halifax, N.S. – Nova Scotians are being asked to “read the same book and share the same story” in a new provincewide initiative called One Book Nova Scotia. Leo McKay Jr.’s Twenty-Six, originally published in 2003,  was announced at a launch event today as the official One Book Nova Scotia selection.

“Twenty-Six is a fictionalized account of the Westray mine disaster,” said Frances Newman, chair of the One Book Nova Scotia steering committee and CEO of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. “We think it’s a strong choice for One Book Nova Scotia because it’s the kind of book that inspires discussion and debate.”

Twenty-Six 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. 21 until Nov. 9. Leo McKay Jr. will be doing readings at public libraries and other venues across the province.

The One Book movement (as these community reading events are known) 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 seven weeks this fall, Nova Scotians will be members of the biggest book club this province has ever seen,” said Frances.

Twenty-Six is available to borrow at libraries across the province, in both eBook and traditional formats. An audio version is also available. The book can also be purchased at your local bookstore or online. More information about One Book Nova Scotia can be found at 1bns.ca

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 and the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia are also involved in this initiative.

Marlo MacKay
Communications Coordinator
Dalhousie University Libraries

Angela Johnson
Media Liaison, Province of Nova Scotia