Vote for your favourite Canadian book

vote-buttonWe’re doing a reboot of our Waterloo Reads: battle of the books format and we need your help.

Waterloo Reads, held in October, has been a community favourite since 2013. Typically, this event features local celebrities duking it out over which of the Evergreen Award-nominated titles reigns supreme.

For Canada’s 150th, we are looking for Waterloo’s favourite Canadian novel of all time. Our staff have created a short list and now it’s time for you to vote and decide which 10 books will be fought over at Waterloo Reads on October 17.

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Voting closes July 31, 2017.

And the winner is…

wendy-tutt-2016What a night it was!  Waterloo Public Library hosted the 4th annual “Waterloo Reads! Battle of the Books”, on October 18 which saw 10 very competitive local “Champions” defend and debate the merits of the 10 books nominated for the 2016 Evergreen Award.

The Evergreen Award is presented annually in Ontario to the author of a work of Canadian fiction or non-fiction as voted by the general public.

It is safe to say that the 200 people who attended the event at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex, totally enjoyed the enthusiastic debate and clever banter.  “Waterloo Reads” truly is the liveliest book chat around.

From Chef D’s healthy bribes of fresh, Ontario-grown apples to researching connections between “champions” via Facebook, all of our panelists shared engaging details about the books they were defending, making it very difficult for attendees to decide just which to vote for.

At the end of the evening, with votes tallied, the win went to last year’s winner, Wendy Tutt, co-owner of the Princess Cinemas in UpTown Waterloo.  Tutt was defending “They Left Us Everything” by Plum Johnson.

“Clearing out the family home after a death, and facing a lifetime of memories is difficult but something we all have done or will have to do.” said Tutt in her final turn on stage. “With elegance of style and quality of thought, Plum Johnson has written a book on this subject, one which we all can relate to.”

Author Plum Johnson spent almost twenty years of her life caring for her elderly parents, who did not have easy personalities. After the death of her parents, Johnson and her brothers are faced with an overwhelming task of emptying and selling the family home which “… hasn’t been de-cluttered in more than half a century. Twenty-three rooms bulge with history, antiques, and oxygen tanks.” She takes the reader with her as childhood memories are triggered and new facts about her parents are unearthed.

In 2nd place, by just 2 votes, was teacher Nan Forler with K.D. Miller’s “All Saints” and  3rd place went to Eric Drozd of 570News with Birdie” by Tracey Lindberg.

The general public is now encouraged to cast their vote for the 2016 Evergreen Award and help select the provincial winner.  VOTE online until October 30.

Thank You!

We would like to once again thank our 10 terrific, enthusiastic and very competitive 2016 Waterloo Reads Champions.


Alex Kinsella, Small & Medium Enterprise Team, Communitech
Under the Visible Life by Kim Echlin

Andrew Coppolino, Food Commentator, Columnist & Critic
The Jaguar’s Children by John Vaillant

Eric Drozd, Broadcaster and Host of The Eric Drozd Show on 570 News
Birdie by Tracey Lindberg

Wendy Tutt, Co-Owner of the Princess Cinemas 
They Left Us Everything: a memoir by Plum Johnson

Nan Forler, Author & Teacher
All Saints: stories by K.D. Miller

Care, Radio Announcer (Country106.7) and TV Show Host
Seconds: a graphic novel by Bryan Lee O’Malley

Mandy Brouse, Co-Owner of Words Worth Books
Local Customs: a novel by Audrey Thomas

Neil Ballantyne, City & Life/Art Editor, Waterloo Region Record
That Lonely Section of Hell: the botched investigation of a serial  killer who almost got away by Lori Shenher

Darryl “Chef D” Fletcher, Professional Chef & TV Show Host
The Hunger of the Wolf by Stephen Marche

Dave Jaworsky, Mayor, City of Waterloo
Punishment by Linden MacIntyre