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Special Feature: Tatiana Read on TPL's New Collection Young Patrons Group

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Special Feature: Tatiana Read on TPL's New Collection Young Patrons Group

We know you love the library (what bibliophile doesn't?), but have you ever been to a party in one? The Toronto Public Library's young patrons group, New Collection, is throwing the bookish bash of the year: the second annual Hush Hush.

On October 25, the renovated Bloor/Gladstone library will be transformed into a haven for tasty drinks and snacks, filled with New Collection supporters, up and coming young authors and other book lovers.

In celebration of Hush Hush, we're speaking to Tatiana Read, the co-chair of New Collection. She tells us about how New Collection came to be and why it is important, her desert island read and what's next for this dedicated group of young book lovers.

Open Book:

Tell us about how New Collection came to be and its mandate.

Tatiana Read:

Launched in 2012, New Collection is a members program offering young Torontonians (ages 19-45) exclusive access to the city’s vibrant literary scene.

New Collection gives civically engaged, ambitious and creative influencers an all-access pass to events with prominent writers – in support of one of the busiest urban public Library systems in the world – Toronto Public Library.

OB:

What do members and authors gain from connecting in this way?

TR:

Through New Collection, members have the opportunity to attend events, meet high-profile authors and network with other young professionals. Our events are located in cultural hot spots like Type Books, SOHO House, The Room at The Bay—and of course, our libraries. Top authors who have participated at our events include Irvine Welsh, the author of the infamous Trainspotting; Kelly Oxford, social media maven and author of Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar; Conrad Black; Douglas Coupland; Jian Ghomeshi; Kevin Kwan; Jeanne Beker and Justin Trudeau.

OB:

Who would be a dream author for a future New Collection event?

TR:

Ian McEwan!

OB:

Tell us about a few of your desert island books.

TR:

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice — an annual read for me: the great love story, crisp, clean, witty writing. I read once that someone would re-read Austen before writing essays, work assignments and exams because the process of reading her “cleans” your own faculties. You write better, when you are re-exposed to her. She’s cleansing and heartening.

OB:

What's next for New Collection?

TR:

New Collection has a great lineup of events this Fall!

Our annual Hush Hush party attracts hundreds of the city’s trendsetters to party in the stacks after hours in support of Toronto’s Library. Taking place on Saturday, October 25 at the Bloor/Gladstone Library, this prohibition themed party will feature delicious cuisine from the popular Rock Lobster diner, live jazz, a DJ, a secret bar with a specialty cocktail available only by “password”, awesome prizes and much more. You don’t have to be a member to attend. Buy your tickets here.

We are also excited for our meet & greet with Liberal Party of Canada leader Justin Trudeau. Not only will he be discussing his candid memoir Common Ground exclusively with our members, but we’ll also have reserved seating post meet & greet at the Library’s public program in the Bram & Bluma Appel Salon.

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