HAMILTON, ON – May 5, 2021 – Blaze Island is Hamilton Public Library’s Hamilton Reads 2021 title. The ecological thriller about climate change is written by Canadian author Catherine Bush.
As a Category 5 hurricane sweeps the eastern seaboard of North America, it leaves devastation and despair in its path. The storm disrupts the present and stirs up the past for Miranda and her father Alan who escape to an isolated cove in Canada’s Maritimes. In the aftermath of the storm, their lives are turned upside-down.
Author Catherine Bush is “thrilled and honoured” to have Blaze Island chosen for Hamilton Reads 2021. “I look forward to discussing my book with readers and setting off together on journeys of discovery and resilience.”
“While the pandemic shapes our immediate lives, the climate crisis goes on gaining force. When it comes to transforming the future, acts of imagining are as essential as any other gesture. We need to story our way into new possibilities,” the author adds.
“Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, books have been an escape and a common ground for many people” says Lisa Weaver, HPL’s Director, Collections and Program Development. “This has been a record-breaking year for borrowing books at HPL. Hamilton loves to read and Blaze Island opens the door to many important conversations regarding climate change and caring for our environment.”
Hamilton Reads is HPL’s annual literary celebration in which the community is invited to discuss and examine several themes in one book. Blaze Island joins a long list of several great Hamilton Reads titles including Lawrence Hill’s The Illegal, Miriam Toews’ All My Puny Sorrows and Tom Wilson’s Beautiful Scars, to name a few.
Among the new features this year is Telephone Stories, in which HPL Staff read the Prologue and Chapters 1-5 of Blaze Island. Coming in mid-May. Dial 905-546-3200 and follow the prompts. Hamilton Reads also includes online concerts, author visits, programs, book clubs and more this year, to allow Members to connect safely with each other. Visit hpl.ca/hamilton-reads for details about the author, book and updates on events.
Blaze Island is currently available as a book and eBook. An eAudiobook is available, via OverDrive, in Fall. Borrow with a library card or sign up for an eCard today at hpl.ca.
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