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Special Events

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My Story: The Documents Never Lie
Wednesday, August 23
Idea Exchange Preston, 435 King St E, Cambridge

Identity & Popular Culture with Carol B. Duncan
Wednesday, September 6
Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo
7:00pm to 8:30pm Location: Auditorium

How does popular culture such as music, art, literature, film, fashion, dance, cyber culture, ideas and other forms of popular expression influence who we are and the choices we make?

Carol B. Duncan is a Professor of Religion & Culture and Coordinator of the Women and Gender Studies Program at Wilfrid Laurier University.

Literary Trivia Night
Wednesday, September 13
Waterloo Public Library, 35 Albert Street, Waterloo
7:00pm to 8:30pm

Click here for complete details on these special events and to learn more about the author’s visit to our Region.

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Posted by on July 24, 2017 in Uncategorized


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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


Thank You!

walper hotel 2017One Book, One Community Waterloo Region would like to thank the Walper Hotel for providing accommodation for author Wayne Grady in September.

The Walper Hotel, established in 1893, is Kitchener-Waterloo’s premier boutique hotel. As their website describes “You’ll be captivated by this Kitchener-Waterloo hotel’s amazing past, and charmed by its contemporary flare. From Eleanor Roosevelt’s preferred breakfast location on the interior terrace to Lennox Lewis’ boxing match in the Crystal Ballroom, every nook and cranny in this Kitchener-Waterloo hotel has a story to tell.”

To learn more about the beautiful Walper Hotel in downtown Kitchener, visit their website.


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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized


Wayne Grady

Grady, Wayne -- PREFERRED credit Don DentonWayne Grady sent his greetings to One Book, One Community and the people of Waterloo Region via video.

Wayne will be visiting our Region on September  26, 27 and 28th.

View the events schedule online. More programs to be added soon!

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized


Thank You WR Record


Thank you again, Waterloo Region Record, for your continued, enthusiastic support of One Book, One Community!

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Posted by on April 28, 2017 in Uncategorized


And the 2017 selection is…

author and book cover news storyFor immediate release

2017 One Book One Community Selection Revealed

Waterloo Region – This morning, at a special event at the Jazz Room in Waterloo, the One Book One Community (OBOC) committee revealed its 2017 selection: 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.

”Each year we try to select a title that will spark the imagination and inspire fascinating discussion.” said Christine Brown, Chair OBOC Committee. “Local libraries will be hosting a number of Emancipation Day-themed programs and events in the coming months. Then, from September 26 to 28, Wayne Grady will be speaking at free author events in Kitchener, Waterloo, Baden and Cambridge. We guarantee that this is going to be another exciting OBOC season!”

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.

To learn more visit the official website at

For more information, please contact:
Christine Brown, Chair, One Book One Community
519-886-1310 x146

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Posted by on April 27, 2017 in Uncategorized


#OBOC2017 Twitter Challenge

twitter-contest-winCongratulations to Mary Anne Lenio, the winner of the #OBOC2017 Twitter Challenge.

Mary Anne has won:

A copy of the 2017 OBOC selection

Invitation to the announcement on April 27

Invitation to the launch and an opportunity to meet the author the morning of Tuesday, September 26 at the Waterloo Region Record

Thank you to everyone who participated!

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Posted by on February 16, 2017 in Uncategorized