idea for prison book club: Canada Reads

This article from the Guardian UK discusses a book club in a women’s prison that reads all the books on the annual Orange Prize shortlist and then picks a winner of their own. The prison library development worker says that it gives them an intense focus (the time frame from the release of the shortlist to the announcement of the prize is only six weeks. He also mentions that when the group’s choice was also picked as the winner by the jury last year, it was very validating for them. I think this could be a good model for a prison book club in Canada–following the CBC’s Canada Reads competition. In the lead-up, groups could read books from previous years’ lists, and when the actual CR competition rolls around, they could listen to the broadcast either live or via podcast.

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