2023 Title is:

The Maid by Nita Prose 

Oxford Reads Gala

Friday, November 3rd
Starting at 7pm
The Market Centre
Reserve your free ticket today!

Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library are excited to hold the 2023 Oxford Reads Gala featuring author and this year’s Oxford Reads pick, Nita Prose. Hosted by Sarah Acchione, the evening will be an intimate conversation with Nita Prose as she discusses her book The Maid.

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. Tickets are free and seats are general admission.

EARLY BIRDS! Reserve your ticket by Saturday, September 30th at 11:59pm EST to be entered to win one (1) of five (5) copies of The Mystery Guest, the much anticipated sequel to The Maid.

More ways to get involved!

This fall, we are celebrating The Maid with all kinds of programs designed to highlight the themes and topics of the book. You can join us for book clubs, Paint Nights, Organization Workshops and a Murder Mystery

For Oxford County Library programs, you can find all the details on the program calendar here.

For Woodstock Public Library, you can find all the details on the program calendar here.

About the book

The Maid by Nita Prose


Synopsis - Molly Gray is not like everyone else. She struggles with social skills and misreads the intentions of others. Her gran used to interpret the world for her, codifying it into simple rules that Molly could live by.Since Gran died a few months ago, twenty-five-year-old Molly has been navigating life's complexities all by herself. No matter—she throws herself with gusto into her work as a hotel maid. Her unique character, along with her obsessive love of cleaning and proper etiquette, make her an ideal fit for the job. She delights in donning her crisp uniform each morning, stocking her cart with miniature soaps and bottles, and returning guest rooms at the Regency Grand Hotel to a state of perfection. But Molly's orderly life is upended the day she enters the suite of the infamous and wealthy Charles Black, only to find it in a state of disarray and Mr. Black himself dead in his bed.

About the author - Nita Prose is a writer and longtime editor, she is currently the vice president and editorial director at Simon & Schuster in Toronto. Winner of both the Ned Kelly Award for International Crime Fiction and a Goodreads Choice Award, and shortlisted for an Edgar Award for Best Novel. Nita lives in Toronto, Canada, in a house that is moderately clean

If you liked The Maid...

Previous Oxford Reads Selections

2022 - Driven by Marcello di Cintio
2021 - Pull of the Stars by Emma Donoghue
2020 Crow by Amy Spurway
2019 - Moon of the Crusted Snow by Waubgeshig Rice
2018 - The Purchase by Linda Spalding

About Oxford Reads

A collaboration between Oxford County Library and Woodstock Public Library.

A community-wide reading initiative that connects each of Oxford County’s unique communities while celebrating Canadian literature and fostering discussion.


Selection Criteria

  • Book is written by a Canadian author
  • Is a work of fiction OR non-fiction published within the last five (5) years
  • Has the potential to appeal to a broad audience
  • Title can generate discussion on a variety of topics/issues
  • There is diverse program potential and can work as a community builder
  • The author will ideally have some name recognition or acclaimed work