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June 15, 2020
Oxford Reads announces 2020 book selection

This year’s selection is Crow by Amy Spurway

Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library are again teaming up for the 2020 edition of Oxford Reads. This community-wide reading initiative highlights a featured work of Canadian literature each year and offers additional programming to enhance the shared reading experience.

This year’s selection is Crow, the debut novel from Cape Breton-native Amy Spurway, which was shortlisted for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

Crow, follows the story of Stacey Fortune, a young woman diagnosed with three highly unpredictable – and inoperable – brain tumours. When Stacey is diagnosed, she abandons the crumbling glamour of her life in Toronto for her mother Effie’s scruffy trailer in rural Cape Breton. Back home, she’s known as Crow, and everybody suspects that her family is cursed.

Now in its third year, Oxford Reads aims to connect readers across the County while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion. Due to the current COVID-19 outbreak, and the physical distancing measures in place, this year’s program will have an online focus, with hopeful plans for a gala this fall featuring the author.

Those who are interested in reading Crow can place a hold on the book at A reading guide is also available. Woodstock Public Library is open for curbside pickup, as are Oxford County Library branches in Ingersoll and Tillsonburg. Branches in Norwich, Tavistock and Thamesford will open for curbside pickup on June 9. Anyone interested in purchasing a copy of the book can do so at Merrifield Book Shop in Woodstock.


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About Oxford County Library

Oxford County Library is a County of Oxford service that offers free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues and databases; genealogy support; children’s programming; job search resources and information about government services; and computer access. Branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. The Library is a charitable organization that accepts online donations through Canada Helps on its website.


About Woodstock Public Library

The Woodstock Public Library is a welcoming place to create, connect and explore. Located in historic downtown Woodstock, the iconic Carnegie library opened its doors to the public in 1909 and has remained on the same site through several renovations and expansions. Today it meets the varied needs of Woodstock residents offering the free traditional lending of books, DVDs, audio books and other materials, as well as digital and online resources. We offer engaging programming and outreach for children, teens, and adults, in the library and the Woodstock community.


About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 119,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community, and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that serves as a springboard for some of the sustainable industries that are steadily diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at



Donna Kemp | Strategic Communication & Engagement
519.539.9800, ext. 3505 |

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