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September 13, 2021
Oxford Reads presents an evening with Emma Donoghue

Virtual event wraps up 2021 Oxford Reads experience celebrating The Pull of the Stars

Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library are excited to announce the 2021 Oxford Reads Gala will be held virtually on October 16 at 7 p.m. featuring award-winning author and this year’s Oxford Reads pick, Emma Donoghue.

Emma Donoghue Author
Author Emma Donoghue, Photo Credit: Punch Photography

Hosted by CBC’s Chris dela Torre, the evening will be an intimate conversation online with Emma Donoghue as she discusses her newest novel, The Pull of the Stars, and brings the 2021 Oxford Reads experience to a close. Her historical novel, set in Ireland in 1918 at the height of the Spanish Flu, is quite timely as it explores life, death and love during a pandemic.

The doctor, who is one of the main characters in The Pull of the Stars, is based on a true historical figure. This searing account demonstrates an incredible amount of research that Donoghue weaves throughout her story. It also highlights the toll that a widespread health crisis takes on our incredible front line workers.

Oxford Reads aims to connect readers across the County while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion. Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library are partners in promoting the Oxford Reads experience.

Tickets are free

Tickets for an evening with Emma Donoghue, as she discusses the 2021 Oxford Reads selection, The Pull of the Stars, are free and are available through Evenbrite or by visiting

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Oxford County Library is a County of Oxford service that offers free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues and databases; genealogy support; children’s programming; job search resources and information about government services; and computer access. Branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. Oxford County Library is currently operating under COVID-19 guidelines: for information and updates, please visit

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 123,000 people across eight area municipalities that are “growing stronger together.” As a partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government, Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through the Future Oxford Community Sustainability Plan and County Council’s commitment to achieving 100% renewable energy, becoming a zero waste community and working towards zero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visit or follow our social media sites at Oxford County’s Strategic Plan is at

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