What a night it was! Waterloo Public Library hosted the 5th annual “Waterloo Reads! Battle of the Books”, on October 17 which saw 10 very competitive local “Champions” defend and debate the merits of the 10 books selected by the community as their favourite Canadian novels of all time.
It is safe to say that the 250 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.
There was the fun of Jasmine Mangalaseril’s decadent bribe of homebaked cakes and boxer Mandy Bujold’s flashing of a Pan Am gold medal. However, kidding and trash talk aside, all of our panelists shared engaging and thought provoking 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 Janice Jo Lee, a Korean-Canadian, folk-soul musician, and theatre artist. Lee was defending “Ragged Company” by Richard Wagamese. Congratulations Janice Jo!
Close behind in 2nd place was Senior Director, Community Relations & Events at U of W, Kelly McManus, with Margaret Atwood’s “Handmaid’s Tale” and 3rd place went to WPL Board Member, Alison De Muy with “Still Life” by Louise Penny.
We’d like to thank our champions and attendees for helping to make Waterloo Reads such a terrific success!