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One Book, One Community (OBOC) is an annual program to promote reading to adults in Waterloo Region and to build a sense of community through the shared experience of reading. Now celebrating its 20th anniversary, One Book, One Community continues to bring great Canadian books and authors to Waterloo Region.

We’re excited to announce that the 2021 One Book, One Community selection is Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of Our Nation, by Peter Mansbridge and Mark Bulgutch. Here is the official publisher’s description of this inspiring selection:

In this timely and heartwarming volume of personal stories, Peter Mansbridge and former CBC producer Mark Bulgutch bring together inspiring Canadians from across the country, who in their own way, are making Canada a better place for all.

Featuring voices from all walks of life—advocates, politicians, doctors, veterans, immigrants, business leaders, and more—this collection gets to the heart of what it means to be Canadian. These stories will change the way you see your country and make you fall in love with Canada all over again.

Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected journalists. He is the former chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, CBC’s flagship nightly newscast where he worked for thirty years reporting on national and international news stories. He is also the former host of Mansbridge One on One, where he interviewed world leaders, music legends, and sports heroes. Mansbridge has received numerous awards for broadcast excellence, including a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Canadian Screen and Television. He has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Follow him on Twitter @petermansbridge, visit him at, or listen to his show The Bridge on Sirius XM.

Mark Bulgutch is a journalist, educator, speaker, and the author of That’s Why I’m a Journalist and That’s Why I’m a Doctor. He worked for CBC for forty years, eleven as the senior editor of The National and another ten as senior executive producer of all live news specials. He has taught at the Ryerson University School of Journalism for almost thirty-five years. A regular contributor of opinion columns to the Toronto Star, he has won fourteen Gemini awards, four RTNDA Awards, the Canadian Journalist Foundation Award of Excellence, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award. Follow him on Twitter @markbulgutch.

Peter Mansbridge and Mark Bulgutch will join us for a special online author event on the evening of Thurs. Sept. 23 from 7 -9pm to share Extraordinary Canadians with the people of the Waterloo Region and answer your questions about this amazing book.

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Once you’ve read this year’s selection, browse our list of similar titles or check out past One Book, One Community books. Many are available in different formats including regular print, large print or audiobook. Enjoy, and remember – Waterloo Region reads!

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