SDG Reads makes a successful return

Approximately 200 people visited North Stormont Place to see Canadian author Maureen Jennings.


AVONMORE, Ont.—The SDG Library hosted its annual SDG Reads Event on Oct. 23, the first event after a three-year pandemic-induced hiatus. Approximately 200 people visited North Stormont Place to see author Maureen Jennings, perhaps most well-known for her character William Murdoch which inspired the CBC show Murdoch Mysteries.

“The event was a resounding success,” said Rebecca Luck, Director of Library Services at SDG Library. “The night saw people across the SDG Counties come together for one purpose: The love of reading.”

The venue was decorated in a 1930s Toronto style inspired by Jennings’ latest book series, Paradise Café Mysteries. Across the room, there were snazzy displays such as typewriters, antique chairs, and a sewing mannequin dressed to resemble the main character, Charlotte.

“Ms. Jennings had a fantastic stage presence. She was well-spoken, clever, and shared remarkable insight about her writing process,” said Luck.

Jennings is the author of thirteen novels and has won the Grant Allen Award for her contribution to Canadian Crime Writing.


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. Past authors include Elizabeth Hay, Frances Itani, Lawrence Hill, Terry Fallis and Kelley Armstrong.


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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