Author Visit & Special Events

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Linwood Barclay will be visiting our Region from September 25 to 27, 2018.

All author visits are FREE. Tickets and/or registration are not required. We do however recommend arriving early to get a good seat.

Tuesday, September 25
7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm)
Trillium United Church, 450 King St E, Cambridge

Wednesday, September 26
Time: 1:15pm to 2:20pm
Elmira District Secondary School, 4 University Avenue West, Elmira

Wednesday, September 26
Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St W, Waterloo

Thursday, September 27
Time: 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)

Kitchener Public Library – Central, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener
Justice Karey Katzsch, Ontario Court of Justice, will be interviewing Linwood Barclay.

Other OBOC Events Coming Up!

WPL Book Clubs Discuss Broken Promise
Thursday, September 20 – 1:30pm

The Waterloo Public Library Book Clubs will be discussing Linwood Barclay’s Broken Promise as two meetings. Both meetings take place at the Main Library at 35 Albert Street, Waterloo. Registration is not required. Everyone welcome.

Idea Exchange Book Clubs Discuss Broken Promise

  • Friday, September 14 – 10:30am to 12:00noon – Hespeler Book Club (Idea Exchange Hespeler, 5 Tannery St E, Cambridge)
  • Monday, September 17 – 6:30pm to 8:00pm – Clemens Mill Book Club (Idea Exchange Clemens Mill, 50 Saginaw Pkwy, Cambridge)
  • Friday, September 28 – 9:30am to 11:00am – Preston Book Club (Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St E, Cambridge)

Registration is not required. Everyone welcome.

Region of Waterloo Library Book Club

RWL will be hosting an OBOC-edition book club meeting.

Tuesday, September 18
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Scran and Dram Pub, 338 Waterloo St., New Hamburg.

Online registration opens September 11. See you there!

KPL’s Books & Breakfast Discuss Broken Promise

Saturday, September 22 – 10:00am – Join us at the Central Library (85 Queen Street North, Kitchener) over a light continental breakfast as we discuss to discuss this year’s OBOC selection. Registration required.

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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


And the Book Is…

2018 One Book, One Community Selection is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

April 26, 2018 – This morning, at a special event hosted by Sorbara Law in UpTown Waterloo, the One Book, One Community committee announced that the 2018 selection is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.

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In Broken Promise disturbing secrets of a quiet, small town are coming to light. Unemployed journalist, David Harwood, has returned to his childhood home in Promise Falls with his young son. As he finds his own life in freefall, he stumbles across an epic family secret. Visiting his cousin Marla, he discovers she is secretly raising a child who is not her own–a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel”. When the baby’s real mother is found brutally murdered, David sets out to piece together what happened, even if it means in doing so he might prove his own cousin’s guilt. As David starts asking questions about the murder, other strange things begin to happen in Promise Falls. Someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past . . . in blood. Broken Promise is the first in the Promise Falls trilogy.

Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, two novels for children as well as screenplays. Barclay’s thriller, The Accident, has been turned into the six-part television series L’Accident in France. Several of his other books either have been, or still are, in development for TV and film. His first standalone thriller, No Time for Goodbye, was #1 on the UK Bestseller List for 7 weeks and the top selling novel of the year there.

 One Book, One Community, now in its 17th year, is the longest running community reading program in Canada. “OBOC”, as it is fondly referred to, celebrates the books and writing of Canadian authors.  Through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book, OBOC  has helped create a special sense of community in the Region.

 “We are thrilled to have chosen New York Times Best-selling author Linwood Barclay and his novel Broken Promise for One Book. One Community 2018.” says Natalie Gibbons, Chair of One Book, One Community, “To quote the Globe & Mail : “If you haven’t discovered Linwood Barclay yet it’s time you did.” And what better way to start than by reading Broken Promise. Linwood Barclay is a wonderful example of a truly popular Canadian author who has international readership. We look forward to welcoming Linwood Barclay to our Region on September 25, 26 and 27.”

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Posted by on April 26, 2018 in Uncategorized


Greetings from Linwood Barclay

Linwood+Barclay+headshotOur 17th One Book, One Community author, Linwood Barclay, was unable to attend the launch on April 26 so instead has sent his greetings via a short video clip.

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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


Thank You!

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Since 2002, the Waterloo Region Record has been an major supporter of One Book, One Community.  We would like to thank The Record for its continued enthusiastic support of OBOC.

walper hotel 2017One Book, One Community Waterloo Region would also like to thank the Walper Hotel for providing accommodation for our esteemed authors. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized