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One eRead Canada is a national, bilingual digital book club connecting readers to one another and to their libraries. This year’s pick is Kim Thúy’s celebrated novel, Vi. Join us January 1-31, 2021!

The Initiative

Check OverDrive or the Libby app to borrow the ebook or digital audiobook in English or French, then join us for thought provoking discussions and live streamed events.

Checkout the Book

En Vi book cover

Brought to you by the London Public Library and the Canadian Urban Libraries Council, we invite you to participate in a Canada-wide digital reading program. The initiative is similar to One Book, One London, but on a national scale and in digital format. We are excited to feature a bilingual book this year, and to be working with Libre Expression and Penguin Random House Canada to make this possible.

Vi is a masterful book about the lives and experiences of Vietnamese refugees in Canada and was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award in translation and longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize.

“Thúy is known for her short and elegant stories about being a refugee and immigrant, and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. In her novels, we experience Vietnam’s colours and tastes, the difficulties of exile but also riches, and a search for identity that we can all recognize ourselves in.” – The New Academy jury citation.

“Kim Thúy’s novels are as compact as her tiny titles might suggest… but their poetic contents punch well above their weight in terms of story and raw emotional heft.” – Becky Toyne, The Globe and Mail

Online Author Events

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We are excited Kim Thúy will be available for two events that will be streamed via Facebook Live and can also be viewed later. Save the dates of January 19th and 20th. More details to follow.

We are excited to announce the hosts for our One eRead Canada events:

Shelagh Rogers for January 19th at 7 pm in English, Kevin Sweet for the event at 7 pm on January 20th in French.

Shelagh Rogers is the host of The Next Chapter on CBC Radio, et Kevin Sweet est un journaliste culturel de Radio-Canada/CBC.

You can join us live via the One eRead Facebook group. The evenings will be recorded to be viewed later. We are really looking forward to sharing both evenings as they will be very special, with such a delightful writer.

Facebook Book Club

Connect with readers from across the country through Facebook. Join us for a fun and engaging experience as we discuss this gem of a book that is poetic and thought provoking, a window into a Vietnamese refugee’s journey to Quebec and back to Vietnam again.