Cancer Research Society’s Read for the Cure

Comments 11 by Rebecca Bollwitt

This fall, Read for the Cure 2020 will be hosted from Vancouver virtually on November 4th. This is a national event series from the Cancer Research Society, presented by Penguin Random House Canada, which harnesses a collective energy and passion for reading to raise money for essential research into the environmental links to cancer.

Read for the Cure

When: November 4, 2020 at 7:30pm
Where: Virtual
Tickets: Starting at $25, buy online now. Purchase tickets to the event only, or the event and books as a combo.

The first west coast edition of Read for the Cure 2020, hosted by CTV Vancouver news host Mi-Jung Lee, features Cherie Dimaline, Lara Prescott, and Ian Williams. This exclusive online event gives you the unique opportunity to hear the stories and perspectives of three incredible authors all while supporting the Cancer Research Society. 

Three Books. Three authors. Three stories.

Cherie Dimaline’s young adult novel The Marrow Thieves shot to the top of the bestseller lists when it was published in 2017 and stayed there for more than a year. It won several awards including the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Kirkus Prize in the young adult literature category, the Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature, was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award and, among other honours, was a fan favourite in the 2018 edition of CBC’s Canada ReadsEmpire of Wild was named Indigo’s Best Book of 2019.

Lara Prescott received her MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas, Austin. She was previously an animal protection advocate and a political campaign operative. Her stories have appeared in The Southern Review, The Hudson Review, Crazyhorse, Day One,and Tin House Flash Fridays. She won the 2016 Crazyhorse Fiction Prize for the first chapter of The Secrets We Kept. She lives in Austin, Texas. The Secrets We Kept was an instant New York Times bestseller, and a Reese Witherspoon’s Book Club Pick. 

Ian Williams is the author of Reproduction, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Personals, shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award; Not Anyone’s Anything, winner of the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for the best first collection of short fiction in Canada; and You Know Who You Are, a finalist for the ReLit Prize for poetry. He was named as one of ten Canadian writers to watch by CBC.

About Read for the Cure

Since its inception, Read for the Cure has raised over $1.6 million for research into environmental cancer. The original event was founded in 2007 by a Toronto-area book club to connect readers and writers to raise funds for cancer research. It has gone from a single event in Toronto, to a national event spanning five cities in Canada, and now that it has gone virtual, readers can participate from the comfort of their home.

Each event includes access to three award-winning authors, book sets delivered to your door, a post-event recording, entry into special giveaways, and more. Follow the event series on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for more info.

Enter to Win

I have a prize pack (valued at $100) to give away that includes:

  • A virtual Read for the Cure event ticket for November 4th
  • The three books featured in this event: Empire of Wild, The Secrets We Kept, and Reproduction, delivered to your door by Vancouver-based Read for the Cure shipping sponsor Machool.

Here’s how you can enter to win:

  • Leave a comment on this post (1 entry)
  • Post a photo of your favourite book on Instagram tagging @Read4TheCure and @Miss604 #RFTC2020 (1 entry)
  • Click below to post an entry on Twitter
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I will draw one winner at random from all entries at 8:00pm on Thursday, October 8, 2020. Must be 18+, open to residents of Canada.

UPDATE The winner is: Erica!

11 Comments  —  Comments Are Closed

  1. AngelaThursday, October 1st, 2020 — 9:29pm PDT

    This is the first time I’ve heard of reading as a fundraiser.
    What a great idea !

  2. Tabby72Friday, October 2nd, 2020 — 7:05am PDT

    This would be a great event to attend, thanks!

  3. TammyFriday, October 2nd, 2020 — 11:27am PDT

    Lovely to win!

  4. Patricia D TatlowFriday, October 2nd, 2020 — 4:48pm PDT

    I’m looking forward to all 5 events! What an amazing way to raise awareness and funds for Cancer Research!

  5. janSaturday, October 3rd, 2020 — 1:40pm PDT

    wonderful thanks

  6. wenSunday, October 4th, 2020 — 5:03pm PDT

    Sounds like a great event! Thanks!

  7. Jason BSunday, October 4th, 2020 — 5:18pm PDT

    Sounds great.

  8. MichelleTuesday, October 6th, 2020 — 10:58am PDT

    Always a pleasure to discover and check out more Canadian writers!

  9. RobWednesday, October 7th, 2020 — 1:22am PDT

    Truly a worthwhile event.

  10. MaryWednesday, October 7th, 2020 — 10:46am PDT

    Would love some new reading books!

  11. EricaThursday, October 8th, 2020 — 1:43am PDT

    Awesome idea!

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