Poems delivered with pizza and street-corner lending libraries are just a couple of the activities planned for Moose Jaw’s inaugural Reading Town Canada event, which runs from May 3 to 10.
According to the event website, the National Reading Campaign has partnered with the Saskatchewan Festival of Words to turn the city of 35,000 into an “exemplary model of what a reading Canada would look like.”
For a week, the NRC promises to have reading woven into the everyday lives of Moose Jaw residents. Events include a fully stocked “reading glen” in downtown Crescent Park and a reading “duel” between former Saskatchewan poet laureate Bob Currie and Judith Krause, who currently holds the position.
As part of the initiative, First Book Canada will donate thousands of Canadian children’s books to lower-income families in the city.