7 libraries, 7 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, Ramara, and Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Libraries, but we know we’ll come out ahead!

Our local champion, Cady McLaughlin, has chosen Amanda Leduc’s magic realist novel of tragedy and resilience, The Centaur’s Wife.

Track your reading here. Join in the social media discussion by using #SimcoeReads2021

We had a virtual author visit from Amanda Leduc!

More about Amanda and The Centaur’s Wife:

Amanda Leduc is a disabled writer and author of the non-fiction book Disfigured: on Fairy Tales, Disability, and Making Space. She is also the author of the novel The Miracles of Ordinary Men, as well as many award-winning essays and stories.

Born in British Columbia, she has lived in Ontario, England, BC, and Scotland. She has cerebral palsy and presently, she makes her home in Hamilton, Ontario, where she lives with a very lovable, very destructive dog and serves as the Communications and Development Coordinator for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD), Canada’s first festival for diverse authors and stories.

The Centaur’s Wife is a magic realist novel that imagines what it means for us, and our world, to be broken, changed, and grieving…and to be resilient, sufficient, and bound together.

More about Cady:

Cady McLaughlin is a farmer, designer, and mother from Lafontaine, Ontario. She grows flowers and works on the family farm looking after horses, hens, and hay. Cady is passionate about community building and environmental sustainability. With degrees in museum studies and history, Cady gravitates towards stories that envelop the reader in a different world, while empowering them to make discoveries about their own.

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

Barrie Public Library

Bradford West Gwillimbury Public Library

Essa Public Library

Innisfil IdeaLab and Library

New Tecumseth Public Library

Ramara Public Library