Grand prize goes to…

Thank you to everyone who submitted a ballot for this year’s Pass the Book Grand Prize draw.  The winner of the Grand Prize draw is Laurel H., a Whitby Public Library customer.


Draw Prizes

Now that you have read this year’s Pass the Book selection – The Golem and the Jinni, we want to hear from you! Complete the online ballot for your chance to win one of these fantastic prizes!

  • Membership to the Aga Khan Museum for 2 adults and 2 children (value at $70)
  • Meal voucher for the Diwan Restaurant at the Aga Khan Museum (value at $100)
  • Family membership to the Gardiner Museum (value at $100)

The draw will be conducted on April 30th. Good luck!

Video Message from Helene Wecker

Helene Wecker, author of this year’s Pass the Book title, The Golem and the Jinni, shared a special video message for Durham!

In it she laments her lack of an Oshawa Generals jersey, explains how part of the story came from her own ethnic background, and points out that Canada’s history of Jewish and Arab immigration is similar to that of the U.S., so feel free to imagine the characters running around Toronto instead of New York!

Helene looks forward to hearing everyone’s thoughts as Durham reads and shares The Golem and the Jinni!

Short List Nominee: Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore by Robin Sloan

Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore cover.

The ability to climb a ladder like a monkey has landed Clay a new gig working at Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore. Clay begins to realize that this store is even more curious than the name suggests and soon he has discovered the secrets extend far beyond the walls of the bookstore.

Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore is exactly what it sounds like: an establishment you have to enter and will never want to leave, a modern-day cabinet of wonders ready to give a jolt of energy to every curious reader.

Short List Nominee: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker

Cover of The Golem and JinniIn The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York.

Chava is a golem, Ahmad is a jinni, and they become unlikely friends and soul mates with a mystical connection. Marvelous and compulsively readable, Helene Wecker’s debut novel The Golem and the Jinni weaves strands of Yiddish and Middle Eastern literature, historical fiction and magical fable, into a wondrously inventive and unforgettable tale.

Short List Nominee: The Confabulist by Steven Galloway

Cover of The Confabulist by Steven Galloway.From the beloved, award-winning, bestselling author of The Cellist of Sarajevo, a beautiful, suspense-filled novel that uses the life and sudden death of Harry Houdini to weave a magical tale of intrigue, love, and illusion.

The Confabulist weaves together the life, loves, and murder of the world’s greatest magician, Harry Houdini, with the story of the man who killed him (twice). A brilliant novel about fame and ambition, reality and illusion, and the ways that love, grief, and imagination can alter what we perceive and believe.