Hamilton Public Library’s book club reveals this year’s favourite read


Published May 3, 2023 at 4:50 pm

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The hunt for your next good book just ended!

Hamilton Reads, the biggest book club at the Hamilton Public Library, announced its favourite read for the year 2023–one that can transport you to the “wild (west) side.”

Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted: The Ballad of the Motl the Cowboy is a book by local, award-winning author Gary Barwin.

Set in 1941, the book is about a middle-aged Jewish man who fantasizes about being a cowboy and goes on an eccentric quest across Europe after the Nazi invasion of Lithuania.

“I’m thrilled that my novel Nothing the Same, Everything Haunted is this year’s Hamilton Reads’ choice,” said Barwin in a statement.

“A book is most alive when shared, and to know that this book is being shared with the readers of my City is an honour and a delight.”

Hamilton Reads 2023- HPL Twitter

Barwin lives in Hamilton with his family and is a multidisciplinary artist with 26 books to his name. According to his official website, his works have won numerous awards, including the Canadian Jewish Literary Award and the Leacock Medal for Humour. His writing has been published in a variety of international magazines and journals, and his interactive writing installation was showcased at the Art Gallery of Hamilton.

Starting today, Hamilton Reads members can borrow this book at any of HPL’s 23 branches and also participate in the many events, conversations and celebrations focused on Barwin’s novel.

“With this One Book One Community celebration, we hope readers will participate in the many thought-provoking themes this book evokes — whether through a book club, concert, exhibit or other presentations,” said Cindy Poggiaroni, HPL’s Director of Programs and Collections, in a statement.

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