One eRead Canada/Un livrel Canada 2024

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Surrey Libraries is proud to join again One eRead Canada/Un livrel Canada. This year's title is "Hotline" by Dimitri Nasarallah: published in English and translated to French. 

We will have eBook and eAudio copies available simultaneously via OverDrive and Cantook so everyone can read and engage in the Canada-wide digital reading program! 

We will have an online program to discuss the book on Tuesday, April 30 at 2pm. Learn more about it and register for the program.

Hotline Book Cover

Hotline Book Description

"A vivid love letter to the 1980s and one woman's struggle to overcome the challenges of immigration. It's 1986, and Muna Heddad is in a bind. She and her son have moved to Montreal, leaving behind a civil war filled with bad memories in Lebanon. She had plans to find work as a French teacher, but no one in Quebec trusts her to teach the language. She needs to start making money, and fast. The only work Muna can find is at a weight-loss center as a hotline operator. All day, she takes calls from people responding to ads seen in magazines or on TV. On the phone, she's Mona, and she's quite good at listening. These strangers all have so much to say once someone shows interest in their lives--marriages gone bad, parents dying, isolation, personal inadequacies. Even as her daily life in Canada is filled with invisible barriers at every turn, at the office Muna is privy to her clients' deepest secrets."

Starting April 1 check it out in English on Overdrive: or in French on Cantook: 

Learn more about One eRead Canada