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One Book One Community

Celebrating its 20th year, the One Book, One Community of Waterloo Region has announced its 2020 reading selection. All of Waterloo Region will be on the same page reading ...

 

 Extraordinary Canadians

Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of our Nation
by Peter Mansbridge with Mark Bulgutch

About the Book

Featuring stories from Canadians of all walks of life, Extraordinary Canadians is a perfect feel good love letter to our country and its people. The personal stories included, highlight voices of advocates, immigrants, medical professionals, religious leaders, and many more inspiring Canadians. Different stories will resonate with different readers. Combined, the stories will inspire a strong sense of pride for the land we call home and our fellow Canadians.

About the Authors

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 thepetermansbridge.com, 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.

Author Interviews

Available Formats

This year's reading selection is available in several formats.

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Title Readalikes

Waiting on your copy to become available? Here is a list of similar titles you may enjoy.

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Author Events

This year’s virtual event with both authors will take place on Thursday, September 23 at 7:00pm. The event will be hosted on the One Book, One Community YouTube Channel.

For further news and updates, visit www.oboc.ca.

About the One Book, One Community Program

One Book, One Community (OBOC) was created to promote reading by adults, and to build new connections in the community through the shared experience of reading.

By tracking sales, library circulations, web hits and event attendance, the committee has recorded that more than 100,000 people in Waterloo Region have participated in the program. Interest in the reading program has continued over the previous nine years with selections continuing to generate interest in libraries, bookstores, workplaces and book club gatherings.

Organized by library staff, booksellers, city staff and volunteers, the program requires a year round commitment. After the book title is announced, individuals, book clubs, organizations, employers – everyone – is invited to take up the challenge of the OBOC initiative and organize their own way of "getting on the same page."

Author events will take place around the region, including an author visit to Kitchener Public Library. Watch our website or that of the Waterloo Region Record for author event dates and notices of community events as they develop. You may also check out the One Book, One Community website at www.oboc.ca.

Keep up with all the latest news by following @oboc_kw on Twitter.

Previous OBOC Reading Selections