Stay Home, Read Gala

By Nicole Andrews on September 15th, 2020

The Wood Buffalo Regional Library requests the pleasure of your participation in our inaugural Stay Home, Read Gala to benefit WBRL's custom art murals!

Chair: 

Therese Greenwood

Author Therese Greenwood’s memoir of the Fort McMurray wildfire, What You Take With You: Wildfire, Family and the Road Home, was a Finalist for a 2020 Alberta Book Publishing Award from the Book Publishers Association of Alberta. Therese won the 2019 Spur Award from the Western Writers of America for her story “Buck’s Last Ride” in Kill As You Go, her short story collection from Calgary’s Coffin Hop Press. She is a three-time Finalist for the Arthur Ellis Award, Canada’s top mystery writing prize, and has co-edited two short crime fiction anthologies.  Her short crime fiction has appeared across Canada and the U.S. 

Read Therese's Letter of Support


Honourary Chairs: 

Julie Rowe

Julie Rowes first career as a medical lab technologist in Canada took her to the North West Territories and Fort McMurray, Alberta, where she still resides. She loves to include medical details in her romance novels, but admits she’ll never be able to write about all her medical experiences because, “Fiction has to be believable”. Julie writes romantic suspense and romantic thrillers. Her most recent titles include Hell & Back book #5 of the Outbreak Taskforce series and Trapped with the Secret Agent book #1 of the Trapped with Him series. You can find her on her website, on Twitter at her Facebook page

The “Stay Home, Read Gala” is my kind of party! One where I can curl up with a stack of great books, tea, and chocolate and read to my heart’s intent! Thanks to the Wood Buffalo Regional Library, it’s a party everyone can attend by staying home. 

Carla White

Classy, Sassy & a little BadAssy

 I don't have all the answers. I really don't. In fact, I'm a work in progress. But I acknowledge it, move through it, reach out for support, if needed and take action anyway. That’s what I do for myself...and that's what I help my clients do, too.  As a storyteller, performer, and catalyst, I am on a mission to empower, educate and inspire the world to find the funny faster, reignite the spark within, and heal from life's traumedies. Because life? Not funny. But we can always belly laugh until tears run down our legs.

Storytelling is my passion, yet I prefer to experience my drama in the pages of a good book. How exciting that I can do what I relish to support an amazing cause. Heck yes, I will forego the glitz of a gala for the serenity of reading while enjoying my ice cold cocktail. I’ll happily donate what I would have spent, and enthusiastically drop the SPANX and toe pinching heels for my comfy chair and pajamas. This will be the Non-Event of the Year, because let’s face it 2020 has already been eventful enough. 


Stay Home, Read Gala

When: Sunday, October 18th (all day long) or until the end of November!

Where: In the comfort of your own home, wrapped in a blanket by the fire; a gathering with friends and family; at your local park; on the bus; or anywhere the pages lead you!

How: Select a book and get lost in the pages! While you’re comfortably reading at home, support the Library by donating what you would spend for an evening out.  Share your love for the Library on social media using #StayHomeRead.

Attire: Party PJs or black tie...choose your own experience!

Food & Drink: Champagne if you’re feeling fancy, or order delivery if you just can’t put down your pageturner. 

Join the conversation on our Facebook event page and let us know what you’ll be reading!

*Tax receipts will be issued for donations of $20 or more.

*A Donation button will be activated on October 1st.