5 libraries, 5 books, 1 winner!

Join your Library for our first ever Simcoe Reads! 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, and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries, but we know we’ll come out ahead!

Our local champion, Kristi Presse, has chosen Jesse Thistle’s heartwrenching memoir of homelessness and coming into his Metis identity, From the Ashes.           


Email jpaquette@midlandlibrary.com for the online meeting details, or call 705-526-4216 ext. 3307.

Track your reading here. Join in the social media discussion by using #SimcoeReads2020


Watch the debate! 

The Simcoe Reads 2020 debate will air on Rogers TV at 7:00pm and 9:00pm Tuesday, September 29. It will stream for free online later that week so that everyone can watch and vote on their favourite! Check back here for details!

More about Jesse and From the Ashes:

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree author, and assistant professor in the Department of Equity Studies at York University in Toronto. He is the author of the best-selling memoir, From the Ashes. Thistle is an advocate for the homeless.

His heartwrenching memoir of homelessness and coming to a more full understanding of his Metis identity is a disquieting but essential read. Following his footsteps through loving and traumatic childhood homes, and then a spiral of addiction, incarceration, and homelessness, we finally see that Jesse’s story is one of utter truthfulness, courage, and resilience.

More about Kristi:

A University of Toronto and Trent University grad, Kristi has been teaching English at a local high school for the past 13 years. She fell in love with reading at a young age through Archie Comics and hasn’t stopped expanding her tastes and choices since. Kristi loves finding new books to read, especially ones she can incorporate into her classes, striving to promote and expose her students to Canadian and minority voices as much as possible. Kristi fills her free time with friends and family, playing music, creating, being active and getting outdoors with her dog Zoé, and spending as much time as possible on Georgian Bay. Born and raised in Midland, Kristi is so excited to be representing her hometown in this county book showdown.

To find out about the other libraries’ picks, visit:

Barrie Public Library

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Essa Public Library

Innisfil IdeaLab and Library