What is OBOC?
One Book, One Community supports reading, celebrates books and writing, promotes Canadian writers, and builds a sense of community through the shared experience of reading. OBOC encourages people in Waterloo Region to read the same book, discuss it, attend an event, and meet the author. The book and author are announced annually in April and the author visits for a reading tour in late September.
Some FAQs about OBOC in Waterloo Region
Question: How is the book selected?
Answer: The official selections are made by the OBOC committee. Find out more about the selection process.
Question: When is the title announced each year?
Answer: The title is announced in April.
Question: When and where does the author visit each year?
Answer: The author visits Waterloo Region in September. He/she will speak in Cambridge, Kitchener, Waterloo, and one rural location each year. Watch the events listings for details.
Question: Where can I find current and past OBOC titles to borrow or buy?
Answer: Visit a OBOC participating bookseller or public library for your copy of this year’s selection:
Question: Are local book clubs involved?
Answer: Local book clubs are highly encouraged to read the One Book selection, discuss it at their meetings and take part in a variety of region-wide programs.
Question: Is there a fee charged or is registration needed for the author events?
Answer: All author events in September are free of charge and generally registration is not required. Other special events related to the One Book celebrations may have costs or registration involved, depending on the situation.
Question: How can I contact the committee?
Answer: Please send your comments to OBOC Chair, Natalie Gibbons at Natalie.Gibbons@kpl.org