Red Deer Reads

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Red Deer Reads

Red Deer Public Library's Community-wide Book Club

About Red Deer Reads

Which book should everyone in Red Deer read?

What is Red Deer Reads?

Red Deer Reads is a city-wide initiative designed to bring Red Deerians together through a shared reading experience. It is an opportunity for the entire community to connect and have engaging conversations about a particular book, its author, and the themes and ideas within the book. 

We will select three finalists that we believe all Red Deerians should read, and YOU get to read and vote on your favourite! The winning title will be the focus of our Red Deer Reads 2023 program.

How does it work?

First, we collect and review potential titles (current stage):

We've been busy reviewing potential titles for our 2023 Red Deer Reads shortlist, and are looking forward to announcing the top three titles in March!

Have a suggestion for a great, recent Canadian read that we should consider for our shortlist? Check out our selection criteria, and fill out the form below!

Then, we select our top three finalists:

The top three finalists for Red Deer Reads 2023 will be revealed at the end of March!

It's your turn! Vote for your favourite:

After the shortlist is revealed, you will have until May 31 to read the finalists and vote for the book that you think should be the 2023 Red Deer Reads winning title! We will have plenty of copies available in various formats for you to borrow.

Next, we'll announce the winner!

The Red Deer Reads winning title will be announced at the end of June! After the announcement, we will encourage everyone to check out a copy and read the winning title. What better way to bring a community together than by all reading the same book?!

Finally, we'll bring in the author for an extra special event!

Red Deer Reads culminates with a special event featuring the author of the 2023 Red Deer Reads winning title! This highly anticipated event will take place in the fall.

Excited to join us on this reading journey?!

Follow us on social media, opens a new window and share your thoughts as you read your favourite titles! Tag us and use the hashtag #RedDeerReads to keep us in the loop!

Outside Circle
James Maskalyk and crowd RDR 2019
Emily St. John Mandel

Selection Criteria

To be considered for Red Deer Reads, a book must:

  • Be written by a living Canadian author.
  • Be a well-written story with a WOW factor!
  • Appeal to a wide audience.
  • Be a great conversation starter.
  • Be in print and available in a variety of formats.

Do you have a suggestion that meets these criteria that we should consider for our shortlist? Fill out the form below!

Red Deer Reads Title Suggestions

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