Posted: April 20, 2017
Author Wayne Grady and Emancipation Day cover

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2017 One Book One Community Selection Revealed

April 27, 2017 - This morning, at a special event at the Jazz Room in Waterloo, the One Book One Community (OBOC) committee revealed its 2017 selection: Emancipation Day by Wayne Grady.

Steeped in the jazz and big-band music of the 1940s and 1950s, Emancipation Day is a story of identity, family and acceptance. A multi award-winning title, Emancipation Day is told from the perspective of three remarkable characters – Vivian, an innocent and unworldly woman, her husband Jack, a navy musician who exudes a young Frank Sinatra-vibe and William Henry, Jack’s stoic father. Music. Family History. Race. Identity. The story weaves a conflux of themes.

Author Wayne Grady was born in Windsor, Ontario. He has written fourteen books and translated fifteen novels. Grady teaches creative nonfiction at the University of British Columbia, but lives near Kingston with his wife, novelist and creative nonfiction writer Merilyn Simonds. Emancipation Day is partially based on Grady’s own family history.

”Each year we try to select a title that will spark the imagination and inspire fascinating discussion.” said Christine Brown, Chair OBOC Committee. “Local libraries will be hosting a number of Emancipation Day-themed programs and events in the coming months. Then, from September 26 to 28, Wayne Grady will be speaking at free author events in Kitchener, Waterloo, Baden and Cambridge. We guarantee that this is going to be another exciting OBOC season!”

One Book One Community, now in its 16th year, is a region-wide reading program that celebrates Canadian literature. People are encouraged to read the selected book, discuss it, attend an event, and meet the author in the fall.

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If you've read Emancipation Day already and are looking for more books of a simliar style, check out our PDF iconOne Book, One Community featured titles list.