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GritLIT Festival Launches with Hamilton Reads

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The 2012 gritLIT festival kicks off today with the launch of Hamilton Reads.

In partnership with the Hamilton Public Library, 10 local luminaries will defend one of the titles on the Ontario Library Association?s Evergreen Reading List.

Presenters include Hamilton Spectator reporter Jeff Mahoney, CFMU Programming Director Jamie Tennant, Journey Prize-winning author Miranda Hill, local activist Matt Jelly, Jeremy Greenspan of Junior Boys ? truly a Who?s Who of our Hamilton community.

Miranda Hill will be defending Frances Greenslade?s book, Shelter.

?Shelter is a captivating story of loss and responsibility and women, as daughters, mothers and individuals, and how life circumstances alter who you become and what you choose," says Miranda. "But one of the things that originally drew me to the story was the book's public reception. When the book was originally published in Canada it wasn't one of those novels on everyone's lips, but?like so many good books?it?s come to our attention over time and we're waking up to what we've been missing.?

The book list includes the following:

The Accident, Linwood Barclay (Doubleday Canada)
Bedtime Story, Robert J. Wiersema (Random House Canada)
The Far Side of the Sky, Daniel Kalla (HarperCollins Canada)
Mennonites Don't Dance, Darcie Friesen Hossack (Thistledown Press)
Natural Order, Brian Francis (Doubleday Canada)
Requiem, Frances Itani (HarperCollins Canada)
They Fight Like Soldiers, They Die Like Children, Romeo Dallaire (Random House Canada)
Under an Afghan Sky: A Memoir of Captivity, Mellissa Fung (HarperCollins Canada)
Various Positions, Martha Schabas (Doubleday Canada)

Hamilton Reads takes place at the Central Library. Admission is free, and one lucky audience member will win a copy of every book on the Evergreen list.

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