Orillia's Big Read

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Orillia's Big Read

Posted on July 2 by Ann Birch
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Dundurn is thrilled to announce that Settlement, a 2010 historical novel by Ann Birch, has been selected for Orillia’s Big Read 2014. The community reading program, hosted by the Orillia Public Library, encourages Orillians to read and reflect on a single title each year. As part of this year’s ‘Big Read’, September 19th has been declared “Settlement Day” and is scheduled to include an Afternoon Tea Q&A with Ann Birch followed by an evening boat cruise and author reception on Lake Couchiching. For more information, please visit: http://www.orilliapubliclibrary.ca/en/programs/orilliasbigread.asp

Set against the scandal and political intrigue of early Toronto, Settlment tells the story of Anna Jameson, who arrives in the tiny settlement of Toronto in November, 1836. She has come at the request of her estranged husband, but she intends to gather material for a new book, which will eventually be published in England years later. At first an outsider in an alien world, Anna soon finds herself embracing a new life full of adventure. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when she meets Sam Jarvis, a man-about-town with a loving wife, a pile of debts and a violent past. The story is told from both their points of view.

Ann Birch

Posted by Dundurn Guest on December 6, 2014
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Ann Birch

Ann Birch is an award-winning teacher and a former associate professor in the Faculty of Education at York University and the University of Toronto. Currently, she assesses student profiles for Trinity College and belongs to the Presidents' Circle. She is the author of the historical novel Settlement. She lives in Toronto.