Rossland Reads rolls out reader role for 2012

Once again four Rossland bookworms have sharpened their tongues for Rossland Reads 2012 — and it will be a fight to the finish.

Once again four Rossland bookworms have sharpened their tongues for Rossland Reads 2012 — and it will be a fight to the finish.

The four books, chosen by the participants, follow a common theme of BC places.

From the wilds of the West Coast of Vancouver Island, to the Vancouver Downtown East Side, to a Kootenay ghost town, to a local Nelson author, everyone is sure to find a favourite tome to cheer on.

The format will be similar to the Canada Reads event hosted by CBC, but will have its own unique Rossland twist.

Each book has a defender, who will debate why their book is the best book out of the four.

Audience members will vote off one book per night, with one book—and one debater—emerging victorious.

The first battle royale kicks off on Sunday, Oct. 21 at 4 p.m. at Café Books West. The café, as our generous host, will be providing coffee, tea and nibbles to all who attend.

The show will continue for the next two Sundays, finishing with the 2012 Rossland Reads champion.

Books and their defenders:

• Treading Water by author Anne DeGrace, will be defended by Patricia Groulx

• The Golden Spruce by John Valliant, will be defended by Stew Spooner

• When it Rains by Laura Cuthbert, will be defended by Tracey Billet

• The Beggar’s Garden by Michael Christie, will be defended by Ida Koric

Anyone interested in reading the books beforehand can sign them out at the Rossland library or purchase their own copy at Café Books West.

Be sure to check out rosslandreads.wordpress.com for all the updates as we get closer to the kickoff date.

Rossland Reads 2012 is an all-volunteer event, from the debaters to the host to the organizers, and is sponsored by the Rossland Public Library.