The One Book One Community (OBOC) selection for 2017 is Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady.
Steeped in the jazz and big-band music of the 1940s and 1950s, Emancipation Day is a story of identity, family and acceptance. A multi award-winning title, Emancipation Day is told from the perspective of three remarkable characters – Vivian, an innocent and unworldly woman, her husband Jack, a navy musician who exudes a young Frank Sinatra-vibe and William Henry, Jack’s stoic father. Music. Family History. Race. Identity. The story weaves a conflux of themes.
Author Wayne Grady was born in Windsor, Ontario. He has written fourteen books and translated fifteen novels. Grady teaches creative nonfiction at the University of British Columbia, but lives near Kingston with his wife, novelist and creative nonfiction writer Merilyn Simonds. Emancipation Day is partially based on Grady’s own family history.
One Book One Community, now in its 16th year, is a region-wide reading program that celebrates Canadian literature. People are encouraged to read the selected book, discuss it, attend an event, and meet the author in the fall. These free author events will take place September 26 to 28, 2017 in Kitchener, Baden, Waterloo and Cambridge.