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Celebrate Canada's 150th by reading Canoe Country

Jan 12, 2017 | Library

The Chief Librarians of Orangeville, Grand Valley and Shelburne Public Libraries joined the staff of BookLore in announcing the 2017 One Book One County (OBOC) title at Dufferin County Council on January 12. The book chosen this year is Canoe Country by Roy MacGregor.

Canoe Country is a perfect fit for OBOC in the year that Canada celebrates its 150th birthday. Mr. MacGregor’s 50th book combines impressive storytelling and detailed historical research to convincingly argue that the canoe is not only a Canadian icon but also one of Canada’s great characters. In his tribute to this simple vessel, the author argues that it was instrumental in making our country and remains a vital part of our identity today.

Roy MacGregor is an acclaimed and bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. His books have been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award, won the U.S. Rustrum Award which is given out every five years for the best book on wilderness writing in North America, and won the CAA Award for Biography. He is known by younger readers as the author of the popular Screech Owls mystery series.

Mr. MacGregor is a long-time columnist with The Globe and Mail and has won four national magazine awards and two national newspaper awards. In 2012, he was awarded the Elmer Ferguson Memorial Award by the Professional Hockey Writers' Association and named the media honouree to the Hockey Hall of Fame. In 2005, he became an Officer of the Order of Canada and was described in the citation as one of Canada’s “most gifted storytellers”. He lives in Kanata, Ontario.

The grand finale of One Book One County, featuring Roy MacGregor, will take place at the Dufferin County Museum & Archives. Tickets are $10 and are available from BookLore and the Shelburne, Orangeville and Grand Valley Public Libraries.

Now in its ninth year, One Book One County allows all residents of Dufferin County to read together in a gigantic book club. The program promotes Canadian literature, reading and discussion by encouraging everyone to participate in book clubs, online chats and activities related to the theme of the selected Canadian title.

For more information contact Darla Fraser, Chief Librarian, at 519-941-0610 Ext. 5222 or email [email protected]