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June 01, 2022
Oxford Reads selection for 2022 is “Driven: the secret lives of taxi drivers”

Oxford residents are invited to join the County-wide book club, featuring Calgary-born author Marcello Di Cintio

Oxford County Library (OCL) and Woodstock Public Library (WPL) are proud to announce the 2022 selection for Oxford Reads, “Driven: the secret lives of taxi drivers.”

The book explores immigration experiences, struggles, survival and perseverance. Canadianauthor Marcello Di Cintio did extensive research for this title. The book features interviews with taxi drivers from across North America with diverse backgrounds ranging from the Iraqui National Guard, to the Westboro Baptist Church, to an arranged marriage that left one woman in a foreign country. Driven is a funny and heartwarming book of short stories that will make you laugh, make you cry and give you a better understanding of the people who drive us around.

Driven was selected by Oxford County residents during a voting process this spring, rising above four titles featuring Canadian authors. OCL and WPL are excited to launch a number of fun programs around the Oxford Reads selection this fall, culminating with the Oxford Reads Gala, which will once again be hosted by the CBC’s Chris dela Torre. The virtual Gala is free to attend and guests will be able to get insights directly from the author, with a chance for a Q&A afterwards. Tickets for the Oxford Reads Gala will be available on Eventbrite, with more details coming in September.

Oxford County Library branches and the Woodstock Library have extra copies of the book on hand. You can check out the hard copy or download it on your e-reader with your library card.

Oxford Reads aims to connect readers across the County while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion. Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library are partners in promoting the Oxford Reads experience. For more information, visit

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About Oxford County Library

With a vision to “connect, discover, share, become,” Oxford County Library provides Oxford’s communities with excellent, responsive services in a welcoming and inclusive environment. Services encompass free lending of books, DVDs and other materials; access to online catalogues,databases and lifelong learning tools; community information; local history and genealogy support; children’s, teen, and adultprogramming; literacy services; job search resources and information about government services; computer access; the Kitchen Library and more. The Library’s 14 branches are located in Brownsville, Burgessville, Embro, Harrington, Ingersoll, Innerkip, Mount Elgin, Norwich, Otterville, Plattsville, Princeton, Tavistock, Thamesford and Tillsonburg. For more information visit

About Woodstock Public Library

The Woodstock Public Library is a welcoming place to create, connect and explore. Located in historic downtown Woodstock, the iconic Carnegie library opened its doors to the public in 1909 and has remained on the same site through several renovations and expansions. Today it meets the varied needs of Woodstock residents by offering the free traditional lending of books, DVDs, audiobooks and other materials, as well as digital and online resources. We offer engaging programming and outreach for children, teens, and adults, in the library and the Woodstock community.

About Oxford County

Located in the heart of southwestern Ontario at the crossroads of Highways 401 and 403, Oxford County has a population of approximately 125,000 people acrosseight area municipalitiesthat are “growing stronger together.”Asa partnership-oriented, two-tier municipal government,Oxford County is emerging as a leader in sustainable growth through theFuture Oxford Community Sustainability Planand County Council’s commitment to achieving100% renewable energy, becoming azero wastecommunityandworking towardszero poverty. Situated in one of Ontario’s richest areas for farmland, agriculture is a key industry that is driving innovation in sustainable industries and diversifying the local economy. Oxford County offers a thriving local arts, culture and culinary community, as well as conservation parks, natural areas and more than 100 kilometres of scenic trails. The Oxford County Administration Building is located in Woodstock, Ontario. Visitwww.oxfordcounty.caor follow our social media sites County’s Strategic Plan is