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Wasaga Beach Public Library 2013


The Defender

Monica Quinlan, Wasaga Beach’s 2013 defender, is no stranger to Georgian Bay Reads. As the moderator of last year’s event, Monica has first-hand experience with the tactics defenders will use to convince the audience that their book selection deserves to be chosen as the Canadian favorite. And as a fan of Canadian literature of all types, Monica had no trouble deciding on Crow Lake as her choice for this year’s event.

Originally from Windsor, Monica and her family moved to Wasaga Beach in 2010 when she accepted the position as Town Treasurer.

A voracious reader, Monica is passionate about sharing her love of reading, books and libraries with her four children. Monica and her husband enjoy spending time with their children discovering all the amazing recreational activities the town and the region has to offer.


The Book

Mary Lawson’s debut novel, Crow Lake is a shimmering tale of love, death and redemption set in a rural northern community where time has stood still. Tragic, funny and unforgettable, this deceptively simple masterpiece about the perils of hero worship leapt to the top of the bestseller lists only days after being released in Canada and earned glowing reviews in The New York Times and The Globe and Mail.

In this universal drama of family love and misunderstandings, Lawson ratchets up the tension, her narrative flowing with consummate control in ever-increasing circles, overturning one’s expectations to the end. Compared by Publishers Weekly to Richard Ford for her lyrical, evocative writing, Lawson combines deeply drawn characters, beautiful writing and a powerful description of the land.

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