Each year Haliburton County Public Library participates in the Ontario Library Association’s Evergreen™ Award. The Award celebrates top Canadian literature, and the winner is chosen by library patrons across Ontario. The 2015 short list was recently announced, and there are some very exciting titles to enjoy.
An unflinching and moving memoir about family secrets and the rediscovered past, Alison Pick describes her journey to reclaim her Jewish heritage lost in the concentration camps of the holocaust and kept secret by her family for generations.
Ralph MacLean trades his quiet life on the east coast of Canada for the raging battles of WWII overseas. Mitsue Sakamoto and her family are forced from their pleasant life on the west coast after the bombing of Pearl Harbor. In this true story, Mark Sakamoto explores the nature of forgiveness as he traces the lives of his paternal grandmother and maternal grandfather.
In this short story collection, a bank executive, tree surgeon, schizophrenic, and a pizza boy take us through their quixotic exploits as they struggle with the world as they see it, experiencing the humour and unfairness of life.
Little Bastards in Springtime by Katja Rudolph
Jevrem Andric tears up the streets of Toronto, damaged by his youth spent during the war in Sarajevo. When his only hero, his grandmother, dies he searches for a way to do some sort of good in the world, the consequences be damned.
Cordelia Kings navigates an unforgiving sea of love, sibling rivalry, meth dealers from the mainland, and a family curse as she is poised to inherit the crown of her father’s fishing legacy and fights to preserve the way of life in her home of Loosewood Island.
Suffering from the consequences of a lifetime of drinking, Eldon calls on his son Franklin to take him into the mountains to be given a proper Ojibway burial. As they journey through the rugged backcountry, Franklin is given a history he never knew, the father he never had, and a connection to himself he never expected.
In a bid for independence, Lady Elizabeth Neville-Ashford becomes an ambulance driver for the Women’s Army Auxiliary Corps which takes her dangerously close to WWI’s Western Front where she falls in love with a handsome Scottish surgeon. In a world divided by class and filled with uncertainty and death, can their hope for love survive…or will it become another casualty of this tragic war?
Twenty years after a flu pandemic nearly wipes out the global population, a traveling symphony makes its way through the vastly changed territories of southwestern Ontario and northern Michigan. As the symphony is pursued by a maniacal prophet, surprising links are discovered between six people whose fates are inexorably intertwined.
Naomi Klein exposes the myths clouding the climate debate, arguing that the world needs to break every rule in the free market playbook and heed the civilizational wake-up call, a powerful message delivered in the language of fires, floods, storms and droughts, changing the world before the world changes so drastically that no one is safe.
Tom Ryder watches his Alberta farm and sense of self dwindle away as a sour gas plant on the border of his property poisons his livestock and family. Later, his son Bill rises through the ranks of an oil company, hiding from his guilt in a local casino. When he embarks on a relationship with a Native woman whose community is being threatened by the actions of his company, Bill is pushed to a crisis of conscience.
Whether you like fiction or non-fiction, short story or epic, memoir or coming of age story, adventure or romance, there is something on this list for everyone. Read as many as you like and vote for your favourite in October. All of the 2015 Evergreen titles are available to reserve at the Haliburton County Public Library.
*Originally published in County Life on Feburary 12th, 2015.