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23 in UpTown : a mystery “crawl”

23-in-uptownIn celebration of the 2018 One Book, One Community selection “Broken Promise” by Linwood Barclay, Waterloo Public Library has organized a unique mystery “crawl” in UpTown Waterloo.

  • Wednesday, August 22
  • 7:00pm to 9:00pm
  • Waterloo Public Square

Join us for a fun “crawl” through some of UpTown Waterloo’s finest businesses. Hunt out clues and ponder riddles along the way as you try to solve our ‘Twenty-three Mystery”. You could win an UpTown Waterloo prize pack!

Food & drink are not included.

Registration is not required for this free event. The crawl starts at Waterloo Public Square at 7:00pm. See you there!

Thank you to the 23 in UpTown partners:

  • Paint by Munzy
  • Chainsaw
  • Ray Woodey’s Craft Chippery
  • Symposium
  • White Rabbit
  • DVLB
  • Princess Café
  • Princess Cinemas
  • Settlement Co.
  • Coffee Culture
  • Four All Ice Cream (will be in the square for the entire event!)
  • Nougat Bakery
  • David’s Tea
  • Carry-On Comics
  • Words Worth Books
  • Tadpole Children’s Shoppe
  • The Works
  • Ten Thousand Villages
  • Complex Rooms
  • Waterloo Public Library (Main Library)

To learn more, visit or phone 519-886-1310 ext. 110.

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Posted by on August 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


Author Visit & Special Events

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Linwood Barclay will be visiting our Region from September 25, 26 and 27.

All of the author visits are FREE. Tickets and/or registration are not required. We do recommending arriving early to get a good seat.

Tuesday, September 25
7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm)
Trillium United Church, 450 King St E, Cambridge

Wednesday, September 26
Time: TBA (afternoon)
Elmira District Secondary School, 4 University Avenue West, Elmira

Wednesday, September 26
Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St W, Waterloo

Thursday, September 27
Time: TBA
Kitchener Public Library – Central, 85 Queen Street North, Kitchener

Other OBOC Events

Twenty-Three in UpTown Waterloo
Wednesday, August 22
7:00pm to 9:00pm
Waterloo Public Square

Join us for a fun “crawl” through some of UpTown Waterloo’s finest businesses. Hunt out clues and ponder riddles along the way as you try to solve our “Twenty-Three Mystery”. You could win an UpTown Waterloo prize pack. This free event is presented by the Waterloo Public Library. Registration is not required. The event starts at Waterloo Public Square on King Street. Food and drink are not provided. For more information, visit

Crime Scene Confidential
Wednesday, September 5
6:30pm to 8:00pm
Waterloo Public Library (Main), 35 Albert Street, Waterloo
Registration opens online August 29

Cons. Sharron Lloyd from the Waterloo Regional Police Service will discuss forensics and investigative work with the WRPS as well as share stories from her own policing experiences. Registration is required.

WPL Book Clubs Discuss Broken Promise
Monday, September 10 – 7:00pm
Thursday, September 20 – 1:30pm

The Waterloo Public Library Book Clubs will be discussing Linwood Barclay’s Broken Promise as two meetings. Both meetings take place at the Main Library at 35 Albert Street, Waterloo. Registration is not required. Everyone welcome.


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Posted by on July 9, 2018 in Uncategorized


And the Book Is…

2018 One Book, One Community Selection is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay

April 26, 2018 – This morning, at a special event hosted by Sorbara Law in UpTown Waterloo, the One Book, One Community committee announced that the 2018 selection is Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay.

author and cover

In Broken Promise disturbing secrets of a quiet, small town are coming to light. Unemployed journalist, David Harwood, has returned to his childhood home in Promise Falls with his young son. As he finds his own life in freefall, he stumbles across an epic family secret. Visiting his cousin Marla, he discovers she is secretly raising a child who is not her own–a baby she claims was a gift from an “angel”. When the baby’s real mother is found brutally murdered, David sets out to piece together what happened, even if it means in doing so he might prove his own cousin’s guilt. As David starts asking questions about the murder, other strange things begin to happen in Promise Falls. Someone has decided that the entire town must pay for the sins of its past . . . in blood. Broken Promise is the first in the Promise Falls trilogy.

Linwood Barclay is the #1 internationally bestselling author of seventeen novels for adults, two novels for children as well as screenplays. Barclay’s thriller, The Accident, has been turned into the six-part television series L’Accident in France. Several of his other books either have been, or still are, in development for TV and film. His first standalone thriller, No Time for Goodbye, was #1 on the UK Bestseller List for 7 weeks and the top selling novel of the year there.

 One Book, One Community, now in its 17th year, is the longest running community reading program in Canada. “OBOC”, as it is fondly referred to, celebrates the books and writing of Canadian authors.  Through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book, OBOC  has helped create a special sense of community in the Region.

 “We are thrilled to have chosen New York Times Best-selling author Linwood Barclay and his novel Broken Promise for One Book. One Community 2018.” says Natalie Gibbons, Chair of One Book, One Community, “To quote the Globe & Mail : “If you haven’t discovered Linwood Barclay yet it’s time you did.” And what better way to start than by reading Broken Promise. Linwood Barclay is a wonderful example of a truly popular Canadian author who has international readership. We look forward to welcoming Linwood Barclay to our Region on September 25, 26 and 27.”

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Posted by on April 26, 2018 in Uncategorized


Greetings from Linwood Barclay

Linwood+Barclay+headshotOur 17th One Book, One Community author, Linwood Barclay, was unable to attend the launch on April 26 so instead has sent his greetings via a short video clip.

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Posted by on March 12, 2018 in Uncategorized


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Join our mailing list and receive occasional emails on programs, events and OBOC authors.

To subscribe to our mailing list simply contact One Book, One Community committee member, Sandi Hall, at

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Posted by on June 15, 2017 in Uncategorized


Thank You!

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Since 2002, the Waterloo Region Record has been an major supporter of One Book, One Community.  We would like to thank The Record for its continued enthusiastic support of OBOC.

walper hotel 2017One Book, One Community Waterloo Region would also like to thank the Walper Hotel for providing accommodation for our esteemed authors. Your support is greatly appreciated.

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Posted by on June 14, 2017 in Uncategorized