The County Reads Books and Defenders


While the rest of the country might still be focused on CBC’s Canada Reads competition, here in Prince Edward County, our own book event has begun. This year, the County of Prince Edward Public Library and Archives is organizing the event and we are thrilled to announce the books and those who will defend them.

Monica Alyea will defend Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper.
Monica is a former Prince Edward County Council Member with many years of theatrical experience who is currently directing and choreographing the play Nunsense with the Marysburgh Mummers.

Dawn Ayer will defend Witches of New York by Ami Mckay.
Dawn lives with her husband and cat in a 19th century carpenter gothic farmhouse in Athol. Between her PEC home office/studio and a tiny satellite office in Toronto, Dawn works as a copywriter, marketer and artist.

John Burns will defend A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry.
John is a career educator and theatre practitioner who has taught theatre in Canada, Australia and the People’s Republic of China. He was the Founding Artistic Director with the Festival Players of Prince Edward County.

Lenny Epstein will defend A Disappearance in Damascus by Deborah Campbell.
Lenny is a current Prince Edward County Council member, filmmaker and member of Taste That, Prince Edward County’s Artisanal Improv Theatre Troupe.

Bill McMahon will defend Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen.
Bill has served as President of (CARA) the Consecon Area Ratepayers Association Inc., and the Steering Committee Chair of the Consecon, Downtown Revitalization Project Bill is currently President of the Prince Edward Community Theatre group as well as an enthusiastic actor and director.

This year’s event will be on April 20th, at 7pm at Books and Company as a part of the Prince Edward County Author’s Festival. Tickets are available at Books and Company and are $5 each.

The event will be moderated by Ken Murray. Murray is a writer and creative writing teacher as well as a former County Reads presenter.