One Book One County title revealed for 2019

Representatives of the three libraries in Dufferin County and BookLore have unveiled this year’s One Book One County title.

“Fate” by Ian Hamilton is the 2019 book that everyone will be encouraged to read as part of the One Book One County program -- now in its 11th year. A gigantic book club of sorts, the program promote reading a selected title each year by a Canadian author.

A Canadian mystery writer, Ian Hamilton worked as a journalist in Regina and Calgary before joining the Canadian government organization, The Company of Young Canadians, as Director of Communications. From there he worked at Information Canada, Consumer and Corporate Affairs, Fisheries and Oceans, and External Affairs. He left the government to go into business, and ran several companies including The Rhyn Company, Seafood Selections and The All Natural Seafood Company. He has worked in more than 30 countries.

Mr. Hamilton is the author of 12 books in the Ava Lee crime/mystery series. Ava Lee is a Chinese-Canadian forensic accountant who chases massive bad debts for a living. The next book in the series, Mountain Master of Sha Tin, will be coming out in July.

Mr. Hamilton’s books have been shortlisted for numerous awards. He has won the Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel, a Toronto Star Top Five Fiction Book of the Year and a Quill & Quire Top Five Fiction Book of the Year. BBC Culture named him one of the 10 mystery/crime writers from the last 30 years that should be on your bookshelf. The Ava Lee series is being adapted for television and has been optioned for film.

Fate is the first book in a spin-off trilogy, “The Lost Decades of Uncle Chow Tung”. Uncle appeared as a supporting character in the first six books of the Ava Lee series. In Fate, readers learn about his early life as he rises to power in the Hong Kong Triads. From his heart-stopping swim from China to Hong Kong in 1959, to his election as Mountain Master of Fanling in 1969, Uncle’s intelligence, attention to detail, humility and loyalty see him through the turbulence of gang wars and rivalries.

The grand finale will take place Sunday, September 15 at Grace Tipling Hall in Shelburne. Tickets will be $10. Check out updates about One Book One County at http://www.facebook.com/pages/One-Book-One-County/187247887964822