The grand finale of the Peterborough Public Library’s “One Book, One Ptbo” initiative, featuring a visit and interview with author Waubgeshig Rice on Wednesday, November 15th, will now take place at Market Hall Performing Arts Centre instead of the library due to demand.
Rice is the author of the 2018 critically acclaimed bestseller Moon of the Crusted Snow, the inaugural selection of One Book, One Ptbo, an initiative the library launched earlier this year in an effort to build community through the shared experience of reading the same book.
That effort appears to have been very successful, with over 300 people now registered to attend the grand finale event — requiring the library to find a larger venue to host the event.
Copies of Rice’s book — a post-apocalyptic thriller set in a small Anishinaabe community — have been available at the library since May for members of the community to borrow. The library also hosted a series of events and workshops over the fall related to the book.
During the grand finale event, which runs from from 7 to 8:30 p.m., Rice will read from Moon of the Crusted Snow as well from the book’s new sequel Moon of the Turning Leaves. The sequel, which was released on October 10 and is already a #1 national bestseller, takes place 10 years after the events of the first book and follows a group of survivors on their epic journey to a forgotten ancestral homeland.
The grand finale event will also include a live interview with Rice by local journalist and self-described voracious reader Joelle Kovach. Books will be available for purchase thanks to Peterborough’s newest independent bookstore, Take Cover Books.