Read Hotline for One eRead Canada 2024!

Join us for One eRead Canada – a nationwide 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, 2024. 

All month long, you will be able to download Hotline by Dimitri Nasrallah in digital format without a waitlist!

About Hotline

It’s 1986, and after four months of unemployment Muna Heddad is in a bind. She and her son have moved to Montreal from Beirut to escape a never-ending civil war. She had plans to find work as a French teacher, but no one in Quebec has confidence in a new arrival like 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 where she gets a job 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. Much to her surprise, Muna finds that she is actually becoming successful at selling diet plans. Even though she’s pretending to be someone else, her natural empathy can’t help but shine when listening to the confidential tribulations of people who, elsewhere in life, wouldn’t sit with her for lunch or offer her a job.

About Dimitri Nasrallah

Dimitri Nasrallah is a Lebanese Canadian writer and academic. He is most noted for his 2022 novel Hotline, which was longlisted for the 2022 Giller Prize.
Born in Lebanon in the early years of the Lebanese Civil War, Nasrallah’s family took refuge in Cyprus and Greece before immigrating to Montreal in 1988.

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

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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