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Just under a year ago, I launched a book club with Chapters Indigo, a company I’ve loved since before I worked there during my teens. I remember sitting in the aisles for hours (being moved periodically by the staff) reading and browsing, knowing full well each time I’d leave with a bag full of books that would be devoured in less than a week. Like clockwork, I’d be back again.

A year-long project, The Lit Squad is coming to its finale tomorrow morning, and I can’t be prouder of how much it did. I wanted to share my love of reading with not only you, but an even larger audience through my friends and fellow book lovers Lauren, Sasha, Jake and Akil. Chapters Indigo brought this simple idea to life in a way that allowed it to make a larger impact. The reception was incredible and a part of me still can’t believe that it actually inspired people to read more.

I wanted to share my love of reading…

I thought it was appropriate to take this moment, on Canada Book Day (and World Book Day), to thank you all for following along. We started with a dream about building a company, mimicking our own beginnings, and now end talking about the speculative, societal impact of patriarchal dictatorship. Reading Margaret Atwood’s acclaimed novel, The Handmaid’s Tale, in this time of uncertainty has been eye-opening, to say the least. But foreboding aside, it’s also been an honor. We got to meet the renowned Canadian author! To hear her speak about this book in particular and her career in general, truly solidifies in my mind how important Canadian literature is.


I hope you’ve been reading along with us these past few weeks. Our final meeting will be on Facebook Live tomorrow (April 24) at 11:30am. The discussion will be as lively as ever, tinged with a bit of hard reality, celebrating Canadian pride and our efforts to #ReadTheNorth. Who knows, this might not be the end of the book, but it is the end of a chapter. So stay tuned for updates :).


The Lit Squad