SDG Library announces 2024 SDG Reads feature author

Craig Shreve to visit SDG Counties to share his book "The African Samurai"

2024's SDG Reads author was announced at County Council on Tuesday, May 21. From left to right: Jason Broad, mayor of South Dundas and SDG Library board member; Jamie MacDonald, mayor of North Glengarry; Rebecca Luck, director of library services; Francois Landry, mayor of North Stormont and SDG Library Board Member; Lachlan McDonald, mayor of South Glengarry and SDG Library board member; and Tony Fraser, mayor of North Dundas and SDG Library board member.

SDG Counties, Ont.— SDG Library was thrilled to announce Craig Shreve as its 2024 SDG Reads author on Tuesday, May 21 at County Council. His book, “The African Samurai,” is a powerful historical novel that follows the true story of Yasuke, Japan’s first foreign-born samurai and the only samurai of African descent. 

The final event with Shreve will occur during the evening of October 7, 2024 at North Stormont Place in Avonmore. Shreve will present his novel and answer questions, followed by a book signing. The event is free to attend.

“SDG Reads is a program that encourages people across the area to read the same book before coming together for an evening with the author,” said Rebecca Luck, director of library services. “We’re looking forward to hearing from Mr. Shreve and encourage everyone to come together and share their love of reading.”

SDG Reads is a “One Book, One Community” program that encourages all residents across SDG to read the same title before coming together for an evening with the author. SDG Reads selects Canadian authors to highlight the diverse talent of our country.

In 2023, Maureen Jennings, whose books inspired the hit TV series Murdoch Mysteries, presented in Avonmore to a crowd of 200. “We were pleased with the turnout for last year’s event with Maureen Jennings and our SDG Reads committee is already working hard to prepare for Mr. Shreeve’s visit,” said Luck. Past SDG Reads authors include Elizabeth Hay, Frances Itani, Lawrence Hill, Terry Fallis and Kelley Armstrong.

“The African Samurai” can be borrowed from SDG Library or purchased at any of its 15 branches. Books are $20, with all proceeds reinvested into the SDG Reads program.


The SDG Library encompasses 15 library branches and four express depots across the Stormont, Dundas, and Glengarry Counties.

For further information or to arrange for an interview with a member of SDG Library staff, please contact SDG Library Communications and Marketing Coordinator Cassie MacDonell at or (613) 577-1864.

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