CK Reads Virtual Author Visit
To celebrate the grand finale of the 2021 CK Reads program, we hosted bestselling author Sheena Kamal for a virtual author talk on May 27. For anyone who missed Sheena's virtual visit, it is now available on CKPL's YouTube channel.
Our goal this year was to reach 500 readers and we surpassed that goal thanks to your support. 516 readers checked out "The Lost Ones" and "Fight Like a Girl" during our four month CK Reads program. Books are still available at all 11 CKPL branches and online in both ebook and audiobook format.
What is CK Reads?
CK Reads is a community-wide book club where everyone in Chatham-Kent is invited to read the same book. Through discussions and programs, CK Reads hopes to bring the community closer together through a shared love of reading.
CK Reads started in 2016 and has grown steadily each year thanks to the support from the community. In 2018, over 400 people read "They Left Us Everything" by Plum Johnson. In 2019, 530 readers checked out "City of the Lost" by Kelley Armstrong. Our 2020 CK Reads selection "Still Life" by Louise Penny was enjoyed by 640 readers. CK Reads will be entering its fifth year in 2021. To celebrate the fifth anniversary of CKPL's CK Reads program two titles have been chosen for this year.
The 2021 CK Reads titles are "The Lost Ones" and "Fight Like a Girl" by Sheena Kamal! CKPL invites everyone to read "The Lost Ones", book one in Kamal's Nora Watts private investigator series set in Vancouver. In "The Lost Ones" Nora and her dog Whisper set out to find the daughter Nora gave up for adoption 15 years earlier. Lovers of Young Adult fiction are also encouraged to participate in this year's CK Reads program by checking out Kamal's "Fight Like a Girl", which tells the story of Trisha who turns to Muay Thai kickboxing to break the cycle of violence that has affected her family for generations.
Sheena Kamal holds an HBA in Political Science from the University of Toronto. She was awarded a TD Canada Trust scholarship for community leadership and activism around the issue of homelessness. She has also worked as a researcher on crime and investigative journalism for the film and television industry. Her debut novel, "The Lost Ones" was inspired by her experience. She lives in Vancouver, Canada.