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One Book One Community 2018


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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 17th 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

Broken Promise by Linwood Barclay is the 2018 One Book, One Community selection.

Promise Falls is a broken town. No jobs. No prospects. Not even a newspaper since the Standard went under.  Which means   reporter David Harwood is unemployed.  But there are still things out there for him to look into, like how his cousin Marla has acquired a baby she swears was given to her by an angel.  And what this baby has to do with a vicious murder on the other side of town. 

Add into the mix a series of strange and possibly connected occurrences. A mothballed Ferris wheel coming to life. A ritualistic animal slaughter. A serial predator on the prowl at the local college. Promise Falls is slipping into darkness ...

When you finish Broken Promise, be sure to read the entire Promise Falls series:

Broken Promise Far from True The Twenty-Three Parting Shot

Linwood Barclay is the author of seventeen novels, three humourous nonfiction books, and the memoir Last Resort. For more from Linwood Barclay, visit his official website, connect with him on Facebook, or follow him on Twitter.

In celebration of Broken Promise, join the Clemens Mill, and Preston book clubs as they discuss Broken Promise at their September meetings.

Meet author Linwood Barclay this September at our Meet-the-Author events:

  • Tues, Sept 25 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:00pm): Trillium United Church, 450 King St E, Cambridge
  • Weds, Sept 26 at 1:15pm: Elmira District Secondary School, 4 University Ave W, Elmira
  • Weds, Sept 26 at 7:00pm: Knox Presbyterian Church, 50 Erb St W, Waterloo
  • Thurs, Sept 27 at 7:00pm (doors open at 6:30pm): Kitchener Public Library Central, 85 Queen St N, Kitchener

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!