Provincewide Community Reading Event First of Its Kind in Nova Scotia

September 17, 2012 – Media Release

Halifax, N.S. – This fall, Nova Scotians will be asked to “read the same book and share the same story” in a new provincewide initiative called One Book Nova Scotia. The selected book will be announced at a launch event on Fri., Sept. 21, 10:30 a.m. at the Keshen Goodman Public Library in Clayton Park. Everyone is welcome to attend the launch event.

“The idea is to get as many Nova Scotians as possible reading the same book at the same time,” said Frances Newman, chair of the One Book Nova Scotia steering committee and CEO of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library. “A reading event like this nurtures a culture of reading, which contributes to a more literate community.”

One Book Nova Scotia will run from Sept. 21 until Nov. 9. The author of the selected book will be doing readings at public libraries and other venues across the province.

The book 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

“Once the book is announced, we hope that Nova Scotians will borrow, buy or listen to the book. If you can’t make it to a reading, there are other ways to particpate, such as by interacting with us through Twitter or Facebook or joining a book club discussion at a public library,” said Frances.

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. 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 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