About NL READS 2020

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NL READS is a celebration of Newfoundland and Labrador books, authors and readers. It is our provincial “Battle of the Books,” inspired by CBC’s popular annual literary event Canada Reads. Over four months, four new local books compete for the title of Newfoundland and Labrador’s “must-read” book of the year, as determined by the reading public of our province. Thanks to a generous sponsor, since 2019 the author of the winning title also receives a cash prize: the Margaret Duley Award.

NL READS concludes in a Grand Finale at the A.C. Hunter Public Library in St. John’s, where reader-advocates try to convince the audience why their book deserves to win. After online and in-house votes are tallied, the winning title is announced. This year’s Grand Finale will be held on Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 6:30 pm. Check with your local library to see if they will be live-streaming the Grand Finale this year.

Don't forget to use the hashtags #LOLANL and #NLREADS on social media!

How to Vote

Vote for your favorite NL READS 2020 title by:

  • Using the online survey-poll button above. Online voting closes at 12:30 pm NST on Thursday, February 27, 2020.
  • Visiting your local NLPL branch and filling out a paper ballot. Deadline for submitting paper ballots at your local library is 5:00 pm on Saturday, February 22, 2020.
  • Attending the Grand Finale in St. John’s. Join the excitement as reader-advocates passionately defend their books and the in-house audience casts the final votes for this year’s competition. Space is limited; please call 737-3950 to reserve your seat!

Finding the Books

Multiple copies of each book are available for borrowing at NLPL branches and in our eLibrary, free using your NLPL library card. Through special arrangement, we will provide unlimited simultaneous digital access to a different NL READS title each month, following the schedule below. Click on the date for more information about each month’s featured book, author, publisher and reader-advocate.


Click the book titles below to read more about each book, author, publisher and reader-advocate.

November 2019

Book: One for the Rock (2018) by Kevin Major
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Reader-Advocate: Lori Shortall – Library Patron

December 2019

Book: The Sign on My Father’s House (2019) by Tom Moore
Publisher: Flanker Press
Reader-Advocate: John Griffin – Provincial Resource Library

January 2020

Book: The Luminous Sea (2018) by Melissa Barbeau
Publisher: Breakwater Books
Reader-Advocate: Trudy Morgan-Cole – Writer, Winner of NL READS 2019

February 2020

Book: Nitinikiau Innusi: I Keep the Land Alive (2019) by Tshaukuesh Elizabeth Penashue
Publisher: University of Manitoba Press
Reader-Advocate: Angela Antle, CBC