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Update from the Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library

On-line Virtual Book Chat with
New York Times Bestselling Author
Paula McLain
Thursday, May 27, 7 pm EDT via Zoom

The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library are delighted to welcome back Paula McLain who will join us via Zoom to discuss her new novel, When the Stars Go Dark. She joined us four years ago in person and connected with our audience immediately. She has left Ernest Hemingway and his wives behind and has switched genres to explore detective fiction. Anna Hart is a missing persons detective who flees San Francisco in 1993 after tragedy in her own life only to be drawn into the cases of missing girls near Mendocino. The book is based on actual missing persons cases in California.

Our moderator for the event is Judy Penz Sheluk, an experienced crime writer herself and current Chair of the Crime Writers of Canada. Judy’s knowledge of the genre and respect for McLain as a novelist will make the evening truly memorable.

The pricing for the event is the same as before: $10 for the link and $35 for the link and a copy of When the Stars Go Dark. If you order the book you will need to pick it up at the Holland Landing Library. No shipping. We will email those who have ordered the book as soon as we receive it at the branch.

To register you may use the secure credit card links to Square Up below:
Link and Copy of Book $35.00:
Link Only $10.00
or mail a cheque payable to the Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library to :

PO Box 1701
Holland Landing ON
L9N 1P2

**Be sure to include your name, email address and preferred phone number.

Your Zoom link will be emailed to you the week before the event and again on the morning of the event as a reminder.

If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected] Thank you for your support.

Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library

The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library is an independent, benevolent, not-for-profit, membership-based organization that operates under the direction of an elected Board. The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library was formed in 2002 to be a voice in the community promoting the importance of literacy through our Library. Initial funding for The Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library was provided by the Cinemania Film Circuit who continue to provide annual funding to support out-of-budget library programs and initiatives. In 2004, the Friends of the Library launched an Author Reading Series that brings world-class authors to East Gwillimbury three times a year. Friends of the Library raises additional funds for the library through partnerships, raffles and special events.

For more information on the great work of the Friends of the East Gwillimbury Library please review the following:

2019 Combined Financial Statements

President’s Report Oct 2020


To promote literacy and the role of the Library within our community.


To support the East Gwillimbury Public Library by organizing, facilitating, and assisting with fundraising activities and encouraging community interest in Library development projects.

To advocate support for the East Gwillimbury Public Library from the community, government, and other funding agencies.

To increase awareness of the East Gwillimbury Public Library’s programs and services by conducting effective public relations activities.

To promote the importance of literacy in our community by offering special events and programs.


  • A free and accessible library system
  • Literacy in all its forms – oral, written, visual, digital
  • Community partnership
  • Knowledge and learning
  • Communication
  • Cultural Diversity


Executive Members

Catherine Brydon

Vice President,
Loretta Whiteman

Cathy Sands

Helena Bzonkova

Members at Large
Michelle Cowan
Barb Elend
Nora Evans
Karen Faris
Christine Glenn
Suzanne Sherman-Rose


BOX 1701
L9N 1P2
Email: [email protected]

Interested in membership? Click here for the membership form!

Author Visits Series

Paula McLainMay 27, 2021
Mary LawsonMarch 18, 2021
Michelle Sagara (POSTPONED)April 23, 2020
Anthony De SaFebruary 7, 2020
Jennifer RobsonNovember 14, 2019
Anakana SchofieldMay 23, 2019
John LittleApril 4th, 2019
Ian HamiltonJanuary 30, 2019
Eden RobinsonOctober 29, 2018
Kim ThuyApril 19, 2018
Wayne JohnstonFebruary 8, 2018
Lisa MooreOctober 16, 2017
Claire Cameron &
Elan Mastai
May 18, 2017
Roberta RichMarch 27, 2017
Gail Anderson-DargatzOctober 28, 2016
Anthony De SaMay 19, 2016
Frank FarragineMarch 31, 2016
Elizabeth HayNovember 19, 2015
Ann-Marie MacDonaldSeptember 9, 2015
Michael CrummeyMarch 26, 2015
Craig Davidson

November 26, 2014
Frances ItaniOctober 29, 2014
Gail BowenApril 29, 2014
Barry DempsterJanuary 22, 2014
Shayam Selvadurai
November 14, 2013
Andrew Westoll
June 4, 2013
Camilla GibbMarch 7, 2013
Vincent LamNovember 21, 2012
Miriam ToewsJune 6, 2012
Richard Gwyn
March 6, 2012
Jane Urquhart
November 3, 2011
Terry FallisMay 26, 2011
Nino Ricci
February 17, 2011


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