One Book, One Halton Hills – Title and Author Reveal

Posted On Thursday May 27, 2021

Your local library is thrilled to announce that Gutter Child by Jael Richardson is this year’s feature title and author for its 11th annual One Book, One Halton Hills event.

Borrow a copy of Gutter Child or download from our digital library (Hoopla, CloudLibrary) and join in the celebration of the One Book, One Halton Hills experience for 2021.

In September HHPL will be hosting a celebration night with Jael Richardson, where she will discuss her book, her writing process and more. Stay tuned for more details about the exciting event!

Gutter Child reveals one young woman’s journey through a fractured world of heartbreaking disadvantages and shocking injustices. Elimina is a modern heroine in an altered but all too recognizable reality who must find the strength within herself to forge her future and defy a system that tries to shape her destiny. Set in an imagined world in which the most vulnerable are forced to buy their freedom by working off their debt to society, Gutter Child uncovers a nation divided into the privileged Mainland and the policed Gutter. In this world, Elimina Dubois is one of only 100 babies taken from the Gutter and raised in the land of opportunity as part of a social experiment led by the Mainland government.

The community can enjoy themed programs leading up to the One Book author event in September. Take part in these activities on Halton Hills Public Library’s Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram channels. To view the official book reveal please visit HHPL’s YouTube page.

The Author
Jael Richardson is a Canadian award-nominated author, speaker, and activist. She is the author of The Stone Thrower: A Daughter’s Lesson, a Father’s Life, a memoir based on her relationship with her father, CFL quarterback Chuck Ealey. The Stone Thrower memoir (also released as a picture book for children), received a CBC Bookie Award and earned Richardson an Acclaim Award and a My People Award as an Emerging Artist. Her first short story “Resurrection Sunday” is published in the anthology Changing the Face of Canadian Literature. Her essay “Conception” is part of Room Magazine’s first Women of Colour edition, and excerpts from her first play, my upside-down black face, are published in the anthology T-Dot Griots: An Anthology of Toronto’s Black Storytellers

Richardson was a Toronto District School Board Writer-In-Residence in 2013 and 2016. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Guelph and lives in Brampton, Ontario where she founded and serves as the Executive Director for the Festival of Literary Diversity (FOLD). Her debut novel, Gutter Child is a dystopian story of courage and resilience from HarperCollins Canada. 

Watch the full One Book, One Halton Hills 2021 reveal on our YouTube channel. Please visit our One Book, One Halton Hills page for more details. To reserve a copy of Gutter Child, please visit our online catalogue or download the book from our digital library.