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Five Simcoe County libraries squared off against each other in a cover-to-cover competition this summer: Barrie, Bradford West Gwillimbury, Essa, Innisfil, and Midland. Based on Canada Reads, each library selected a Canadian book and a local celebrity champion. The final live debate took place on Tuesday, September 29. One book was crowned the Judges' Choice winner! 

Simcoe Reads Judges' Choice Winner

BPL's champion Lisa Morgan took home the title of Judge's Choice winner! Lisa was championing Thea Lim's An Ocean of Minutes. 

Love the Judges' Choice winner? Wish another book had won? Good news! It's your turn to vote for the Community Choice winner! Head over to https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/SimcoeReads2020 to cast your vote. 

Our Champion: Lisa Morgan

Lisa Morgan has been the Midday Host at 107.5 KOOLFM in Barrie for 13 years. She holds a BA from The University of Ottawa but got into radio at age 17 and it sort of stuck! 

Some of her earliest memories are of being read to, at home and at school.  She spent her summers as a child biking to the little blue library in Beeton and checking out stacks of mystery novels like the Bobsey Twins and Nancy Drew. Her tastes have expanded since then and she has a long list of favourites that she will gladly share if you want a book recommendation.

Lisa lives with her husband and two children.  Her 7 year-old daughter is a bookworm. She says "Books are precious! To me, books are like jewels!" 

Our Book: An Ocean of Minutes by Thea Lim

Shortlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Best Book of the Year according to Real Simple, the Globe and Mail, and the CBC, this follows the love story of two people who are at once mere weeks and many years apart.

In this novel America is in the grip of a deadly flu pandemic. When Frank catches the virus, his girlfriend Polly will do whatever it takes to save him—even if it means risking everything. When she finds out there’s a company that has invented time travel, she agrees to a radical contract: if she signs up for a one-way-trip into the future to work as a bonded laborer, the company will pay for the life-saving treatment Frank needs. Polly promises to meet Frank again in Galveston, Texas, where she will arrive in twelve years.

But when Polly is re-routed an extra five years into the future, Frank is nowhere to be found. Alone in a transformed and divided America, with no status and no money, Polly must navigate a new life and find a way to locate Frank, to determine if he is alive, and if their love has endured.

An Ocean of Minutes is a gorgeous and heartbreaking story that paints an intimate portrait of endurance and complexity of human relationships and the cost of holding onto the past—and the price of letting it go.

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