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CKPL Announces CK Reads 2024 Title

Chatham-Kent’s largest community book club launches today with the announcement of CKPL’s 2024 CK Reads title. 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 will be entering its eighth year in 2024. CKPL would like to extend a special thank you to the Rotary Club of Chatham for sponsoring the 2024 CK Reads program.

CKPL’s 2024 CK Reads title is “In the Upper Country” by Kai Thomas. "Sweeping along the path of the Underground Railroad from Virginia to Michigan, from the Indigenous nations around the Great Lakes, to the Black refugee communities of Canada, ‘In the Upper Country’ weaves together unlikely stories of love, survival, and familial upheaval that map the interconnected history of the peoples of North America in an entirely new and resonant way” (from Penguin Random House Canada).

“In the Upper Country” recently won the Atwood Gibson Writers Trust Award and was shortlisted for both the Governor General’s Fiction Award and the Amazon Canada First Novel Award.

Reserve your copy by calling or visiting your local CKPL branch or by searching “In the Upper Country” at CKPL’s 2024 CK Reads’ program will conclude at the end of April with an author visit from Kai Thomas.  

Kai Thomas is a writer, carpenter, and land steward. He is Afro-Canadian, born and raised in Ottawa, descended from Trinidad and the British Isles. “In the Upper Country” is his first novel.

To find out more about CK Reads programs and events, visit  



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