April 21, 2016 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
This morning, at a special event hosted by Waterloo Region Record, the One Book, One Community committee announced that the 2016 selection is A House in the Sky by Amanda Lindhout.
This book is a dramatic and redemptive memoir of a woman whose curiosity led her to the world’s most beautiful and remote places, its most imperiled and perilous countries, and then into fifteen months of harrowing captivity as a hostage in Somalia.
It is an exquisitely written story of courage, resilience, and grace and a search for compassion in the face of unimaginable adversity.
About the Author
Amanda Lindhout is a New York Times bestselling author, speaker and journalist. Her multiple award winning memoir, A House in the Sky, has been on the Globe and Mail top ten list for over two years. In 2015 her work as a journalist included writing feature stories in Maclean’s, National Post and Flare, with photography for Flare.
The book has been optioned by Hollywood production company Annapurna Pictures (Zero Dark Thirty, Her, American Hustle). Development has started with Oscar nominated actress Rooney Mara to play the role of Amanda.
One Book, One Community, now in its 15th 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.
Michele Hopkins, Chair of One Book, One Community, says “The book is beautifully written and though the topic is serious, it brings us to a greater understanding of forgiveness and compassion. It also demonstrates the resilience and strength one can find even in very dark circumstances.”
Free author events will be held in Cambridge, Waterloo, Kitchener and Elmira from September 26 – 28. Watch the The Record and here, the official One Book, One Community website (www.oboc.ca), for details on special events as they develop.
A House in the Sky 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 Michele Hopkins at 226-748-8030 or firstname.lastname@example.org