One eRead Canada 2023

Participate in One eRead Canada – a nation wide digital book club!

More than 1000 public libraries across Canada (including TNRL!) are getting together for the national bilingual digital book club, One eRead Canada, from April 1 to 30, 2023. 


All month long, you will be able to download Tatouine by Jean-Christophe Réhel in digital format without a waitlist! The book will be available as an English translation by Katherine Hastings and Peter McCambridge, and in the original French Ce qu’on respire sur Tatouine. 


Readers are also invited to attend special live-streamed author events April 19 and 25, hosted by CBC/Radio-Canada. 


About Tatouine

It’s a long way from a basement apartment in a Montreal suburb to a new life on a fictional planet, but that’s the destination our unnamed narrator has set his sights on, bringing readers with him on an off-beat and often hilarious journey.
Along the way, he writes poems, buys groceries at the dollar store, and earns minimum wage at a dead-end supermarket job. In between treatments for his cystic fibrosis and the constant drip-drip-drip of disappointment, he dreams of a new life on Tatouine, where he’ll play Super Mario Bros and make sand angels all day. But in the meantime, he’ll have to make do with daydreams of a better life, in which he is John McClane, he is the ghost of Obi-Wan Kenobi (with a bacteria he’s never heard of), he is Justin Timberlake… Meryl Streep… a grumpy George Clooney…

About Jean-Christophe Réhel

Jean-Christophe Réhel is a Quebec poet, novelist from Montreal. His début novel, Ce qu’on respire sur Tatouine won Quebec’s prestigious Prix littéraire des collégiens. Réhel is also the author of five books of poetry. He leads poetry workshops for all ages. 
Réhel’s writing describes both the beauty and the blandness of everyday life.  He explores themes of fatigue, loneliness, and illness, while weaving a good dose of self-deprecating humour.
Once you start reading Tatouine, you realize his poetic imagination knows no bounds.  His interiority captures the most fascinating details that resonate, make you laugh (out loud), or even cry.   “To write, for me, is to try to synthesize everyday life…to make it something wonderful.”

How to Participate

Download the eBook/eAudiobook

April 1-30 download the book in eBook and eAudiobook format without any waitlists!

Read a Print Copy

Borrow the Book

Join the Discussion

Join the Facebook group and follow One eRead Canada on Twitter @1eRead_unLivrel to chat about the book with other readers across Canada!

Discussion Guide

Hosting your own book club for Jean-Christophe Réhel 's Tatouine? Download the official One eRead Canada discussion guide!

eContent for Libraries

In addition to being a national digital book club, One eRead Canada aims to increase awareness of eBook and eAudiobook issues, such as content, pricing and access, currently faced by Canadian public libraries (and their patrons!).

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