Vaughan Memorial Library

Acadia Reads

Acadia Reads encourages the Acadia community to share their love of books by reading the selected book and participating in programming (in 2019-20) surrounding the book.

How did we decide whose story to tell? Between March 21st and April 15th, the Campus Community voted for the book that Acadia Reads from a short-list of five titles below. This year's winner is:

The Rest is Silence by Scott Fotheringham


Selection Criteria

The committee produced a long-list of twelve titles. These books were read and voted on to produce a short-list of five titles.

  • A Canadian author writes the 2019 book.
  • The book must be from the genre of speculative fiction.
  • The book must be capable of generating discussion and an exchange of ideas.
  • The book must be appealing to students with a focus on first-year undergraduates.

Selection Committee

  • Makenzie Branch – ASU Vice-President Academic 2018-19
  • Suzie Currie – Dean of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • Abu Kamara – Coordinator Accessible Learning Services
  • Anthony Pash – Librarian in Professional Studies and Faculty of Theology
  • Danielle Pierce – Instructional Designer, Learning Technology and Instructional Design
  • J. Coplen Rose – Professor of English Literature
  • Ann Smith (Chair) – Librarian in Faculty of Pure and Applied Sciences
  • Britanie Wentzell – Librarian in Faculty of Arts and Faculty of Professional Studies

Contest Winner

English undergraduate student, Jade Veinotte was the winner of an Amazon gift card and a book of her choice from the 2019 shortlist. Jade selected Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel.

Last Year's Read

2018 Acadia Reads Winner: The Inconvenient Indian - Thomas King