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One eRead | Un Livrel Canada

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!


About One eRead Canada: 

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) has created an opportunity for all public libraries to participate in a Canada-wide digital reading program. The initiative is similar to a “one book, one city” initiative, but on a national scale and in digital format. It will run for four weeks, from January 1 to January 31, 2021. This is the second One eRead Canada; over 300 libraries across the country participated in 2019 for Glass Beads. We are excited to feature a bilingual book this year!


Check out the Book 

Borrow this title from the library or find it on cloudlibrary or hoopla, then join us for thought-provoking discussions. The selection for our first bilingual book club is Vi by Kim Thúy, published by Penguin Random House Canada in English and Libre Expression in French.

This masterful book about the lives and experiences of Vietnamese refugees in Canada 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 

Kim Thúy will participate in a live Q&A on Facebook on January 19, 2021 at 7 pm EST (in English) and on January 20, 2021 (in French) at 7 pm EST to discuss some of the many themes that arise from this exquisitely moving work.  We hope you are able to share this information with your patrons.  More details to follow including who will be moderating the discussion.


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.  


 Share your thoughts on the novel by using #1eReadLivrelCanada and/or #CanLit on your social media.