#bestfootforward Contest

oboc contestAmanda Lindhout’s book, A House in the Sky, is at its heart, a story about survival and moving forward. Amanda herself has transformed her experience toward great success; she truly is putting her best foot forward!

And in similar fashion so should Waterloo Region!

In solidarity, let’s put our best foot forward in support of visiting OBOC author Amanda Lindhout.

Take a picture of your best foot forward with any one of the OBOC floor decals placed at 18 locations throughout the area. Tweet your picture to @OBOC_KW using the #bestfootforward for your chance to win a prize!

The contest starts on Monday, August 29, 2016.  Weekly prizes will be announced each Monday leading up to Amanda’s arrival in our Region on September 26.

Have fun with the contest and good luck!

Find Floor Decals On Display At:

  • Kitchener Public Library (Central)
  • City of Kitchener
  • Kitchener Train Station
  • Waterloo Public Library (Main)
  • City of Waterloo
  • Waterloo Recreation Centre
  • RIM Park
  • Idea Exchange (Main)
  • City of Cambridge
  • Chapters (Waterloo & Kitchener)
  • Words Worth Books
  • Woolwich Memorial Centre
  • North Dumfries Community Complex
  • Region of Waterloo AHQ
  • Region of Waterloo Airport
  • GRT’s Charles St. and Ainslie St. terminals.



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Posted by on August 26, 2016 in Uncategorized


Meet the Author

author_and_cover2016 One Book, One Community author Amanda Lindhout will visit our Region:

Monday, September 26
Knox Presbyterian Church
50 Erb St. W., Waterloo

Tuesday, September 27
Elmira District Secondary School
4 University Ave., Elmira

Tuesday, September 27
Kitchener Public Library, Central Location
85 Queen St. N., Kitchener

Wednesday, September 28
Trillium United Church
450 King St. E., Cambridge

All author events are free.  Registration/tickets are not required. Arrive early to secure a good seat!

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Posted by on August 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


Talking Up “A House in the Sky”

house in the skyFrom Penny M., Collections Department @ WPL

One of the things I like about OBOC is reading something I wouldn’t have normally picked up from the shelf and then talking about it. And everyone is talking about it! With a well-crafted memoir like A House in the Sky it is easy to find things to chat about because the entry points are endless. This book is a glimpse of the special kind of enthusiasm that could make an uneducated young person make decisions that we know now were unwise.

I’ve been finding that many people have carved a little space in their heart for the woman who pored over those dusty National Geographic magazines. They say that she is someone who has remained in their memories long after finishing the book. Just last week CBC books listed A house in the sky as one of their “100 true stories that make you proud to be Canadian” together with Chris Hadfield’s An astronaut’s guide to life, Ian Brown’s The boy in the moon and Kamal Al-Solaylee’s Intolerable. It’s an inspiring list if you want to have a look.

Click here to read the rest of this post AND to enjoy more “Talking Points” from the staff at Waterloo Public Library.


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Posted by on August 20, 2016 in Uncategorized



sawyer_skullOne Book, One Community Waterloo Region would like to extend its congratulations to author, Robert Sawyer, on being named to the Order of Canada.

Sawyer’s book, Hominids, the first novel in his popular Neanderthal Parallax trilogy, was the selection for One Book, One Community 2005.

Congratulations, Rob!

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Posted by on July 4, 2016 in Uncategorized


And the 2016 OBOC selection is…

house in the skyApril 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 (, 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

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Posted by on April 21, 2016 in Uncategorized


Learn more about our selection

DaytimeShowPageBannerWithTextOne Book, One Community committee members, Natalie Gibbons and Mary Monteith from Kitchener Public Library discuss this year’s selection on Roger’s Daytime TV show with host Susan Cook-Scheerer.

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Posted by on April 20, 2016 in Uncategorized


A Greeting From Our Author

Amanda-Lindhout-399043This year’s One Book, One Community Waterloo Region author, Amanda Lindhout, was unable to be at the launch on April 21 at the Waterloo Region Record.  However, she kindly sent her remarks via video.  Click here to view.

Amanda Lindhout will visit our Region:

Monday, September 26, 2016 – Waterloo

Tuesday, September 27, 2016 – Kitchener & Elmira

Wednesday, September 28, 2016 – Cambridge

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Posted by on April 19, 2016 in Uncategorized


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