One Book Nova Scotia chooses Ali Bryan’s Roost

RoostOne Book Nova Scotia announced Ali Bryan’s novel Roost as its choice for the third edition of the provincial reading initative encouraging all Nova Scotians to read the same book and share the same story.

Roost is a novel that explores family issues,” said Jeff Mercer, co-chair of the One Book Nova Scotia steering committe. “It was selected because it is an accessible, humorous book that also tackles serious issues such as the death of a parent, divorce, and caring for an aging parent.”

Bryan, attended high school in Sackville, New Brunswick, and attended St. Mary’s University in Halifax. She currently lives in Calgary, AB. Roost is set in Halifax. “While the main character Claudia faces many challenges, Ali Bryan presents the story with numerous laugh-out-loud moments. We think Nova Scotians will be able to relate to Claudia,” said Tasya Tymczyszyn, co-chair of the One Book Nova Scotia steering committee.

Roost was selected by a committee of librarians and industry professionals in Nova Scotia who used the following criteria: must be written by a living Canadian author; must be able to generate discussion and exchange of ideas; must be appealing to a broad range of adult readers of varying ages, literacy levels, and life experience; must be in print and available for purchase in paperback; and it must be strongly written with a compelling story, characters, and setting that will generate excitement among readers.

The official launch of the program is at Word on the Street with the first of seven readings by Ali Bryan. The rest of the readings will happen across the province at public libraries and other venues. “Readers can get in on the action starting today by picking up a copy of the book and by doing so, becoming members of a province wide book club. If you can’t make it to a reading, there are other ways to participate, such as by interacting with us through Twitter or Facebook, or joining a book club discussion at a public library,” said Mercer.

“Our main goal with One Book Nova Scotia is to encourage a culture of reading in Nova Scotia. We hope that Nova Scotians will read the book and discuss it with others,” said Tymczyszyn.

Roost is available to borrow at libraries across the province. It is available for existing CNIB clients in DAISY formats (CD, MP3, and direct downloads) as well as in Braille and eBraille formats. An eAudio version will be available through the National Network of Equitable Library Service (NNELS) when it launches in Nova Scotia in October 2014. Access to this service is provided to all Nova Scotians with perceptual disabilities via self-identification and account activation at their public library. The book can also be purchased at local bookstores or online. More information about One Book Nova Scotia can be found at

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Kim Hart Macneill is a journalist and magazine editor whose work has appeared in This Magazine, Canadian Business, and East Coast Living. She divides her time between Halifax and Moncton.

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