The Thompson-Nicola Regional Library will host a series of virtual events this month with the goal of creating a shared reading experience for the entire region.
One Book, One Community is an initiative that puts forward one book for a community to read.
The book selected in the inaugural year of the event is Five Little Indians, the debut novel of Kamloops-area poet and author Michelle Good.
It tells the story of five residential school survivors living their lives and enduring the hardships brought on by trauma. The book won a Governor General's Literary Award and the Amazon First Novel Award following its release. It was also longlisted for the Giller Prize.
Readers are encouraged to start a book club and can take out a starter kit from the library to do so.
One Book, One Community includes three free virtual events. On May 11, there will be a screening of British Columbia: An Untold History - Change and Resistance (Episode 1), at 6:30 p.m. The series provides a retelling of B.C. history from those who helped shape the province.
On May 18, the library will host Indigenous author and filmmaker Doreen Manuel in a virtual event to discuss her book, Brotherhood to Nationhood: George Manuel and the Making of the Modern Indian Movement. The event begins at 6:30 p.m.
Finally, on May 25, the Secwepemc Museum and Heritage Park will host a virtual presentation on the history of the Kamloops Indian Residential School from 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
To register and for more information, go online to the library's website at tnrl.ca.