Provincial Reading Program Selection Revealed

first_img “The goals of One Book Nova Scotia are to encourage recreational reading among adults, promote Canadian literature, and create opportunities for readers to engage in a shared experience,” said Ms. Newman. The One Book movement began in 1998 at the Seattle Public Library. Nova Scotia’s program is organized by Libraries Nova Scotia, a group of library representatives from public, university, and community college libraries, and the Nova Scotia Provincial Library division of the Department of Communities, Culture and Heritage. One Book Nova Scotia runs until Saturday, Nov. 2, with author readings to be held in October. Join in discussions on Facebook and Twitter, and visit http://1bns.ca/ to learn more about events across the province. a living Canadian author a conversation generating story for adults with varying literacy levels and life experiences be available in various formats not be a previous bestseller Nova Scotians are being encouraged to read the same book and share their thoughts on the story in the second annual One Book Nova Scotia program. Today, Sept. 10, Communities, Culture and Heritage deputy minister Laura Lee Langley helped reveal this year’s selection for the provincewide reading program, at the Nova Scotia Community College Waterfront Campus in Dartmouth. “For the second year, the One Book Nova Scotia community reading program is helping to develop a culture of reading in the province,” said Ms. Langley. “It is also introducing Nova Scotians to Canadian authors and stories with universal appeal that reflect and shape our shared sense of community and identity.” Frances Newman, chairperson, One Book Nova Scotia steering committee and Jennifer Evans, director, Nova Scotia Provincial Library, helped Ms. Langley reveal this year’s book, Fauna by Alissa York. Fauna takes place in Toronto where a federal wildlife officer discovers the heart and tenderness of the animal world in a modern-day city setting. Living on the fringes of urban society, co-existing with animals, humans from all walks of life share stories of loss and trauma and work to put their lives back together, taking care of each other and the city’s fauna. Ms. York could not attend the launch, but sent a video sharing her delight at Fauna being chosen as this year’s title. “Novel writing can be a long, lonely process, luckily your characters are there to keep you company. Once the book is finished, however, those characters leave you, bound for the wider world,” said Ms. York. “You get them back through readers, imaginative, sensitive people who care deeply about the humans and other creatures you dreamed up. “Like all of us, the characters in Fauna are damaged. They help one another heal in a variety of ways, including through the sharing of stories. When I imagine Nova Scotians from across the province sharing in those stories with them, my heart is full.” The book was selected by a committee based on criteria, including:last_img read more

Two UN human rights experts here this week on key visit

“Sri Lanka is at a crucial moment in its history and we hope that our recommendations will contribute to setting out a path for the future that will be fully aligned with the international human rights obligations of the country,” the Special Rapporteurs added. United Nations human rights experts Mónica Pinto and Juan E Méndez will carry out a visit to Sri Lanka from 29 April to 7 May 2016 to assess recent developments and identify challenges related to the use of torture and other cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment, and to the independence of the justice system.“We are encouraged by the recent steps taken by the Government to advance respect for human rights, including their support to Human Rights Council resolution 30/1 on ‘promoting reconciliation, accountability and human rights in Sri Lanka’,” said the UN Special Rapporteurs on the independence of judges and lawyers, and on torture. The human rights experts, who visit the country at the invitation of the government, will meet with governmental authorities, members of the judiciary and prosecution services, lawyers, civil society, the National Human Rights Commission, and victims and their families.In addition to visiting Colombo, they will spend several days in the different provinces of the country, including the Northern, North Central, Eastern, Central and Southern. Accessing places where persons are detained will also be a key component of the visit. “We look forward to engaging with the authorities and key actors on the challenges faced by the country to ensure the independence of the judiciary and the legal profession, due process and fair trial guarantees, and access to justice, and to eradicate torture and other ill-treatment, while promoting accountability and fulfilling victims’ right to reparations,” they said. The two Special Rapporteurs will share their preliminary observations and recommendations at a press conference to be held on Saturday 7 May 2016.The Special Rapporteurs will each present a comprehensive report containing their findings and recommendations to the Human Rights Council in Geneva in March 2017 and June 2017, respectively. (Colombo Gazette) read more