April 25, 2013 – This morning, at a special event hosted by Queen Street Commons in Kitchener, the One Book, One Community committee announced that the 2013 selection is Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese.
In Ragged Company, four homeless people seek refuge in a warm movie theatre when a severe Arctic Front descends on the city. During what is supposed to be a one-time event, this temporary refuge transfixes them. They fall in love with this new world, and once the weather clears, continue their trips to the cinema. On one of these outings they meet Granite, a jaded and lonely journalist who has turned his back on writing “the same story over and over again” in favour of the escapist qualities of film, and an unlikely friendship is struck. A found cigarette package (contents: some un-smoked cigarettes, three $20 bills, and a lottery ticket) changes the fortune of this struggling set. The ragged company discovers they have won $13.5 million, but none of them can claim the money for lack proper identification. Enlisting the help of Granite, their lives, and fortunes, become forever changed.
An award-winning writer, Richard Wagamese is one of Canada’s foremost Native authors and storytellers. Working as a professional writer since 1979, he’s been a newspaper columnist /reporter, radio/ television broadcaster and producer, documentary producer and the author of eleven titles from major Canadian publishers, with a new novel, Indian Horse, published in early 2012.
One Book, One Community, now in its 12th year, celebrates the books and writing of Canadian authors. Through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book, One Book, One Community has helped create a special sense of community in the Region.
Christine Brown, Chair of One Book, One Community, says “More than heartbreaking story of four people, this book is a story about friendship , finding strength, and discovering home.”
Free author events will be held in Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener and Elmira from September 16 to 18. Watch the Waterloo Region Record and the official One Book, One Community website (www.oboc.ca) for details on special events as they develop.
Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese is available as a book, an eBook and through the CNIB library. Visit your library or favourite bookseller today!
If you would like more information about One Book, One Community, contact Christine Brown at 519-886-1310 ext. 146 or firstname.lastname@example.org