Vaughan Memorial Library

Acadia Reads

The Acadia Reads initiative encourages the Acadia community to share their love of books by reading Mona Awad’s 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl and participating in programming surrounding the book.

Programming & Events Schedule

How did we decide whose story to tell? The Campus Community voted for the book that Acadia Reads from a short-list. The closing date for voting was April 20th, 2017 at midnight.

Programming & Events

Sex Talk - Sex is for EveryBODY

October 25th, 6:00pm @ Quiet Reading Room

Join Tessa & Max Janes, educators from Valley Vixen Books & Toys. Drawing on themes from the book they will chat about how pleasure is for ALL body types.

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Multi-disciplinary Panel & Discussion

November 20th, 6:30pm @ Axe Bar & Grill 

Discover how 13 Ways of Looking at a Fat Girl stimulates a variety of perspectives and responses through the lens of each panelist's discipline.

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Body Image and Art with Emily Clark

December 4th, 5:30pm - 7:00pm @ Quiet Reading Room

Explore personal identity and body image through the use of creative writing and a variety of art techniques.

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Documentary Screening of The Illusionists

January 16th, 6:30pm – 8:00 pm @ Quiet Reading Room of the Vaughan Memorial Library.

A documentary on the disturbing and sometimes hilarious activities of the beauty industry and its impact upon consumer insecurity.

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Smartphone Film Competition

January - February 2018

We want to see what you do when you combine creativity with your phone and engage discussion on important topics and themes of societal conformity and image obsessed culture.

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Author Reading & Presentation

March 7th, 7:00pm @ K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre

Join Mona Awad for a book reading and signing of her debut novel 13 Ways of Looking At A Fat Girl. Her novel is the winner of the best first novel award, is shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, long-listed for the Stephen Leacock Award for Humour, and long-listed for the 2018 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.

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Contest Winner

The winner of both the Amazon gift-card and a book from the short-list is Jennifer Oakley.


Jennifer is graduating this year with a degree in Biology and has chosen Birdie by Tracey Lindberg.


Ann Smith (University Librarian, Acting) presents Jessica Oakley with her Acadia Reads prize.

Selection Committee

Jeff Hennessy - Dean of Arts, Interim
Brianna Jarvin - ASU Vice-President Academic 2016-17
Abu Kamara - Coordinator Accessible Learning Services
Maggie Nielsen - Librarian in Faculty of Pure and Applied Science
Anthony Pash - Librarian in Professional Studies & Faculty of Theology
Erin Patterson - Librarian in Faculty of Arts
Ann Smith (Chair) - University Librarian, Acting
Britanie Wentzell - Librarian in Faculty of Arts & Faculty of Professional Studies
Peter Williams - Professor of Physics