Library patrons can read and discuss humorous and touching “Bad Ideas” ebook or audiobook for free



TORONTO – September 3, 2020 – Nearly 2,000 public libraries and thousands of readers across Canada come together for this year’s Together We Read: Canada digital book club selection. From September 3-17, participating libraries’ patrons can enjoy Canadian author Missy Marston’s wildly funny and wonderfully moving novel, Bad Ideas, for free with no waitlists or holds. Readers can access the ebook and audiobook by downloading the Libby app, and then participate in an online discussion.

The Together We Read: Canada digital book club connects readers through Canadian public libraries with the same ebook for two weeks and only requires a valid library card from a participating library to get started. This free program is facilitated by OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app.

“It makes me very happy that Bad Ideas has been selected for Together We Read this summer,” said author Missy Marston, who hails from Ottawa. “It is a novel about a family of girls and women living in a small town whose lives are disrupted – whose whole community is disrupted – by outsiders. And it is about both the good things and bad things that come from these disruptions.”

Bad Ideas tells the story of Trudy who works nights in a linen factory, avoiding romance and sharing the care of her four-year-old niece with Trudy’s mother, Claire. Claire still pines for Trudy’s father, a St. Lawrence Seaway construction worker who left her twenty years ago. Claire believes in true love. Trudy does not. But when Jules Tremblay, aspiring daredevil, walks into the Jubilee restaurant, Trudy’s a goner. Loosely inspired by Ken “the Crazy Canuck” Carter’s attempt to jump the St. Lawrence River in a rocket car and set in a 1970s hollowed-out town in eastern Ontario, Bad Ideas paints an indelible portrait of people on the forgotten fringes of life.

Bad Ideas is published by ECW Press and can be borrowed from participating libraries in Canada during Together We Read between September 3-17. The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including Kobo® tablets and eReaders, iPhone®, iPad®, Android™ phones and tablets and Chromebook™ without waitlists or holds. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees. Download Libby to get started.

More information about Together We Read: Canada can be found here.



About OverDrive

OverDrive is the leading digital reading platform for libraries and schools worldwide. We strive to create “a world enlightened by reading” by delivering the industry’s largest catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines and other digital media to a growing network of 50,000 libraries and schools in 78 countries. Our popular reading apps provide best-in-class user experience and tools for staff management: the Libby app for libraries is one of PCMag’s Best Free Software of 2019 and Popular Mechanics’ 20 Best Apps of the 2010s, while the student reading app Sora is one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2019. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA and was named a Certified B Corp in 2017. OverDrive was acquired by funds affiliated with global investment firm KKR in 2020.

David Burleigh
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