“Station Eleven” Bus Tour

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The 2014 “Massey Murder” tour.

Waterloo Public Library, in partnership with One Book, One Community, has an exciting tour planned to celebrate Emily St. John Mandel’s novel, “Station Eleven.”

Saturday, September 12
8:30am to 5:00pm
Cost: $64.59 per person

The tour includes:

– Food Foraging Walking Tour in Waterloo Park

– Stratford Festival Archives guided tour in Stratford

– Gourmet boxed lunch from E.V.O. Kitchen; picnic on the Avon River in Stratford

– Waterloo Region Emergency Services Training and Research Complex (WRESTRC) tour and discussion

– Survivalist Preparation, a presentation by Adventure Guide

We will be traveling between Waterloo and Stratford in an Ayr Coachlines’ bus.

Note: there will be walking involved on the tour. Attendees should be able to walk up to 2km. Please remember to wear comfortable shoes and, as the tour goes rain or shine, attire appropriate to the weather on the day.

The 2014 One Book, One Community “Massey Murder” Tour sold out within days, so don’t delay in buying your tickets.

Click here to order your tickets online now.

Have questions about the tour? Contact Christine Brown at or 519-886-1310 ext. 146.

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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in Uncategorized


What would you take?

153187611The One Book, One Community committee has a question for YOU.

Suppose the apocalypse is upon us. You have just five minutes to pack your things and get to a safe place. As part of your practical survival gear, you are allowed to bring five (5) books. What books would you choose?

If you’d like to share your selection, email the list to Sandi at

Click here to view lists shared already.

We look forward to hearing your list!


Posted by on July 3, 2015 in Uncategorized


Is Station Eleven your summer read?

berry_vrbanovicWe know what Kitchener’s Mayor Berry Vrbanovic (pictured here with KPL CEO Mary Chevreau) is reading this summer!

How about Mayor Jaworsky in Waterloo, Mayor Craig in Cambridge or our other book-loving Mayors across the Region? And what about YOU?

Share your OBOC selfies with us by emailing or posting on the OBOC Facebook page.

(Photo kindly provided by Kitchener Public Library)

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Posted by on July 2, 2015 in Uncategorized


Congratulations to Lawrence Hill

L HillCongratulations to 2009 One Book, One Community author, Lawrence Hill, on being named a member of the Order of Canada.

The author of 10 books, it was his 2007 novel “The Book of Negroes” which was selected by One Book, One Community. “The Book of Negroes” won many prizes including the Rogers Writers’ Trust, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Canada Reads. Last winter “The Book of Negroes” was aired as a miniseries starring Aunjanue Ellis, Louis Gossett Jr., and Cuba Gooding Jr.

Hill is being recognized for his contributions not only as an author but also as an activist.

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Posted by on July 1, 2015 in Uncategorized


Another Award for “Station Eleven”

ACC_LOGOMay 6, 2015 — One Book, One Community would like to congratulate Emily St. John Mandel, this year’s OBOC author, on winning the Arthur C. Clarke Award for “Station Eleven”.

The Arthur C. Clarke Award is the most prestigious award for science fiction in Britain, and is presented annually for the best science fiction novel of the year.

Learn more about Emily’s win at TheGuardian online.

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Posted by on May 6, 2015 in Uncategorized


2015 Author Events

EmilyStJohnMandelThe free, meet-the-author events for 2015 will take place:

Tuesday, September 22 – Cambridge

Wednesday, September 23 – Baden (day)

Wednesday, September 23 – Kitchener (evening)

Thursday, September 24 – Waterloo

Click here to learn more details about these and other One Book, One Community events.

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Posted by on April 22, 2015 in Uncategorized


Station Eleven is the OBOC selection for 2015

book cover“Station Eleven” by Emily St. John Mandel is the 2015 One Book, One Community selection.

Mandel, who was unable to attend the announcement today, made at the Region of Waterloo International Airport, sent a warm, video message.

Don’t miss the latest One Book, One Community news!  Join our mailing list and receive occasional emails on programs, events and OBOC authors.

To subscribe to our mailing list simply contact OBOC committee member, Sandi Hall, at

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Posted by on April 15, 2015 in Uncategorized


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