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The 2017 One Book, One Community reading selection will be announced on Thursday, April 27.

Full details, including readalikes and related library programs, will appear on this page.

2016 Reading Selection

Celebrating its 15th year, the One Book, One Community of Waterloo Region has announced its 2016 reading selection. All of Waterloo Region will be on the same page reading ...


A House in the Sky, by Amanda Lindhout

A House in the Sky
Amanda Lindhout and Sara Corbett

About the Book

An inspirational and gripping memoir of Amanda Lindhout’s  journey to Somalia, where she was kidnapped and  held captive in the war-torn country for 460 days. Her methods of survival, resilience, and compassion in surviving this unimaginable event have made this book a must-read. 

About the Author

Born in Red Deer, Alberta, Amanda and her two brothers were raised primarily by their mother. Amanda spent many years as a cocktail waitress to fund trips to various places around the world. She would later quit her waitressing job to become a journalist working in places such as Afghanistan, Iraq and France.

Amanda currently lives in Canmore, Alberta and is an active public speaker and has funded the non-profit  Global Enrichment Foundation. Her foundation has raised close to 3 million dollars to help educate and empower women and children in Somalia and Kenya. 

Selected Awards/Accolades

2016: A Canadian Top Bestseller for over 2 Years on the Globe & Mail book list

2014: Optioned by Annapurna Pictures to create a screen adaption of the book. Development has started with Oscar-winner Rooney Mara playing the role of Amanda

2014: CBC Bookie Award, Best Canadian Nonfiction

2013: Named Best Book of the Year by Globe & Mail, Vogue, Amazon, iBooks, The Huffington Post

2013: University of Lethbridge, Honorary Doctorate, Doctor of Laws 2013, received for contributions to Canada

2012: Queen Elizabeth Diamond Jubilee Medal, contributions to Canada

2012: Women’s Executive Network, Canada’s 100 Most Powerful Women

Author Interviews


A House in the Sky is available in several formats, including:

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Title Readalikes

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.

In 2002, when One Book, One Community was launched, organizers expected that 1% of the Region’s population would read Alistair McLeod’s No Great Mischief. Instead of the expected 4000 readers, more than 6800 readers were counted and an additional 3000 people attended author events.

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 One Book, One Community 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

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

Readers and event participants will be counted again this year, so be sure to participate and to let the community know how you got involved.


Previous Reading Selections

Emily St. John Mandel
Charlotte Gray
Richard Wagamese
Louise Penny
Terry Fallis
Lawrence Hill
Alisa Smith & J.B....
Elizabeth Ruth
Joseph Boyden
Robert J. Sawyer
Nino Ricci
Jane Urquhart
Alistair MacLeod