Blood_and_SaltstorelgIn mid-August 100 plaques were unveiled at various locations across Canada to commemorate the 100th anniversary of a large-scale internment that occurred shortly after the start of World War One. Recent Canadian immigrants with possible ties to the Austro-Hungarian empire in eastern Europe were removed from their homes and sent to one of 24 camps on the grounds that they were possibly enemy aliens who posed a threat to the safety and security of their new homeland.

That historical event, especially as it impacted on Ukrainian-Canadians, was the subject of Barbara Sapergia’s 2012 novel Blood and Salt.

On Monday, Oct. 20 Sapergia will read from her book at Central Library. The reading will be at 7 p.m., and is being held to celebrate Saskatchewan Library Week which runs Oct. 19-26. More information can be found at the RPL website.