2019 Title is:

Moon of the Crusted Snow

By: Waubgeshig Rice

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A daring post-apocalyptic novel from a powerful rising literary voice.

With winter looming, a small northern Anishinaabe community goes dark. Cut off, people become passive and confused. Panic builds as the food supply dwindles. While the band council and a pocket of community members struggle to maintain order, an unexpected visitor arrives, escaping the crumbling society to the south. Soon after, others follow.

The community leadership loses its grip on power as the visitors manipulate the tired and hungry to take control of the reserve. Tensions rise and, as the months pass, so does the death toll due to sickness and despair. Frustrated by the building chaos, a group of young friends and their families turn to the land and Anishinaabe tradition in hopes of helping their community thrive again. Guided through the chaos by an unlikely leader named Evan Whitesky, they endeavor to restore order while grappling with a grave decision.

Blending action and allegory, Moon of the Crusted Snow upends our expectations. Out of catastrophe comes resilience. And as one society collapses, another is reborn (Summary courtesy of ECW Press).

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About The Author: Waubgeshig Rice


Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist originally from Wasauksing First Nation. His first short story collection, Midnight Sweatlodge, was inspired by his experiences growing up in an Anishinaabe community, and won an Independent Publishers Book Award in 2012. His debut novel, Legacy, followed in 2014. He currently works as a multi-platform journalist for CBC in Sudbury. In 2014, he received the Anishinabek Nation’s Debwewin Citation for excellence in First Nation Storytelling. Waubgeshig now splits his time between Sudbury and Wasauksing (Courtesy of ECW Press).

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Calendar of Events

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Reading Guide

Click here to download the reading guide where you will find a detailed synopsis of the book, discussion questions, further suggested reading titles and more.

Oxford Reads Gala

Join us for a conversation with this year's #OxfordReads author hosted by CBC London's Chris dela Torre, host of Afternoon Drive. Tickets are $10 each and include a light cocktail reception. Book signing to follow.

Saturday November 9th
Doors open: 6pm
Show: 7pm
Market Centre Theatre
22 Reeve St., Woodstock 

Suggested Reading

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About Oxford Reads

A collaboration between Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library.

A community-wide reading initiative that connects each of Oxford County’s unique communities while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion.


Click here to see 2018 Oxford Reads Highlights

Selection Criteria

After compiling long and short lists of potential titles, Moon of the Crusted Snow was was selected by staff at Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library considering the following criteria:

  • Book is written by a Canadian author
  • Is a work of fiction OR non-fiction
  • Has the potential to appeal to a broad audience
  • Title can generate discussion on a variety of topics/issues
  • There is diverse program potential and can work as a community builder
  • The author will ideally have some name recognition or acclaimed work