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One Book One Community 2017


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  • OBOC Emancipation Day book cover
  • One Book One Community 2017 Wayne Grady author pic
    Wayne Grady
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Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady is the 2017 One Book, One Community selection.

In Emancipation Day, Windsor-born Jack Lewis marries a local girl while stationed in Newfoundland at the end of WWII. His young bride, Vivian is eager to learn about her new husband, but he is unforthcoming about his past. When Jack finally introduces her to his family, his carefully-concealed secrets begin to come to light.

Celebrate Emancipation Day throughout the summer:

  • Celebrate Emancipation Day August 1st at various locations throughout Ontario, including Uncle Tom’s Cabin Historic Site in Dresden.
  • Join the Hespeler, Clemens Mill, and Preston book clubs as we discuss Emancipation Day at our September meetings.
  • Meet-the-Author events, September 26-28 (more details TBA).

Mark your calendar and get involved connect with us online, visit your local library, and attend the events. And be sure to share your OBOC thoughts with friends and family, co-workers and community members.

Once you’ve read this year’s selection, browse our list of past One Book, One Community books. Many are available in different formats including regular print, large print or audiobook. Enjoy - and remember - Our region reads!

Walper Hotel LogoSupport from the Walper Hotel for this year's OBOC events is gratefully acknowledged.

One Book, One Community (OBOC) was created to promote reading to adults in Waterloo Region, to celebrate books and writing, to promote Canadian authors and books, and to build a sense of community through the shared experience of reading. Now in its 16th year, One Book, One Community continues to bring great Canadian books and authors to Waterloo Region.

Each year, the OBOC committee announces the title selection in April, promotes the book throughout the summer, and hosts free author events in September. Watch The Waterloo Region Record, a One Book sponsor, for notices of community events as they develop, or check the One Book, One Community website at