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One eRead Canada

One eRead One eRead Canada is a national, bilingual digital book club connecting readers to one another and to their libraries. This year’s pick is Kim Thúy’s celebrated novel, Vi. Join us January 1-31!

How to Participate

Fill in the online form by December 1, 2020 to indicate your library’s participation. In order to support the bilingual nature of the program, we ask that participating libraries offer both French and English versions of the title.

The Initiative

The Canadian Urban Libraries Council / Conseil des Bibliothèques Urbaines du Canada (CULC/CBUC) has created an opportunity for all public libraries to participate in a Canada-wide digital reading program. The initiative is similar to a “one book, one city” initiative, but on a national scale and in digital format. It will run for four weeks, from January 1 to January 31, 2021. This is the second One eRead Canada; over 300 libraries across the country participated in 2019 for Glass Beads. We are excited to feature a bilingual book this year, and to be working with Penguin Random House Canada and Libre Expressions to make this possible.

The Book

The selection for our first bilingual book club is Vi by Kim Thúy, published by Penguin Random House Canada in English and Libre Expression in French. This masterful book about the lives and experiences of Vietnamese refugees in Canada was a finalist for the 2019 Governor General’s Literary Award in translation and longlisted for the 2018 Scotiabank Giller Prize. “Thúy is known for her short and elegant stories about being a refugee and immigrant, and the challenges of adapting to a new culture. In her novels, we experience Vietnam’s colours and tastes, the difficulties of exile but also riches, and a search for identity that we can all recognize ourselves in.” – The New Academy jury citation “Kim Thúy’s novels are as compact as her tiny titles might suggest… but their poetic contents punch well above their weight in terms of story and raw emotional heft.” – Becky Toyne, The Globe and Mail

The Circulation Model

Vi will be available from January 1–31 in eBook and eAudio across all platforms, (Axis 360, Cantook Station, CloudLibrary, Overdrive, Prêt numérique), with simultaneous access at a cost of $0.35 per circulation, with $0.25 cents going to the publisher for royalties and $0.10 cents for platform fees. The book is also already available to readers with print disabilities via CELA and NNELS.

Support Materials

Support materials coming soon. They will include sample press release and social media posts, book club questions and more.


This initiative is an opportunity to demonstrate the positive impact of public libraries and advocate for better access to eContent. To do so, we will measure the immediate and residual impacts of the program as well as the correlation between circulation and sales. More information will be provided to participating libraries.

Communication & Promotion

Logo & Hashtags Please use the logo on any materials you create, and the hashtag(s) in any social media posts/tweets.

Online Author Events

One eRead We are working with Kim Thúy to plan events that will be streamed via Facebook Live and can also be shared and viewed later.

Facebook Book Club

There will be a Facebook Book Club – more details coming soon.


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