Together We Read

Have you ever wanted to join a book club but felt a little intimidated by the idea of sharing your thoughts and feelings about random books? Try out a Canada-wide digital book club!

Together We Read is a digital book club facilitated by OverDrive, the company that runs our eBook lending software. OverDrive makes an unlimited number of copies of an eBook (and eAudiobook!) available to the libraries who want to be involved. This means that anyone can borrow the selected title without any wait. Get all the details about this program at

From September 3-17th, we’ll all be reading Bad Ideas, by Canadian author Missy Marston. Readers can access the ebook and audiobook by visiting or by downloading the Libby app.

Want to connect with others about this story? Join our Together We Read Chat Room on Discord. If chat rooms aren’t your thing, join other TNRL readers and library staff on Zoom for a live conversation on September 16th at 6:00pm. Be sure to register for the event in order to receive the Zoom meeting invitation. Register online with your library card at, or contact your local library.

Bad Ideas tells the story of Trudy who works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy’s mother, Claire. Claire still pines for Trudy’s father, a St. Lawrence Seaway construction worker who left her twenty years ago. Claire believes in true love. Trudy does not. But when Jules Tremblay, aspiring daredevil, walks into the Jubilee restaurant, Trudy’s a goner. Loosely inspired by Ken “the Crazy Canuck” Carter’s attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket car and set in a 1970s hollowed-out town in eastern Ontario, Bad Ideas paints an indelible portrait of people on the forgotten fringes of life. Hear from the author herself by reading her letter to readers.

Bad Ideas is published by ECW Press and can be borrowed between September 3-17. The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including Kobo tablets and eReaders, iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.

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