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KITCHENER, ON — Kitchener Public Library selects “Seven Fallen Feathers: Racism, Death, and Hard Truths in a Northern City” by Tanya Talaga as the 2023 One Book, One Community read. Talaga is a critically acclaimed, best-selling Ojibwe author and journalist with roots in Fort William First Nation. “Seven Fallen Feathers” is a national best-seller, won the RBC Taylor Prize for literary non-fiction and was a finalist for the Hilary Weston Writer’s Trust Prize for Non-Fiction.

One Book, One Community is Canada’s longest running community reading program and has celebrated Canadian authors for 22 years. One Book, One Community connects readers across our community through the shared experiences of reading and discussing the same book.

“Seven Fallen Feathers is a powerful, well-researched journalistic investigation of the untimely deaths of seven Indigenous children at schools in Thunder Bay,” said Mary Chevreau, CEO, Kitchener Public Library. “Talaga is a powerful storyteller and she examines residential schools and the history of systemic racism in Canada. This year’s OBOC selection will be one our community reflects on for years to come.”

One Book, One Community will culminate with an in-person author event with Tanya Talaga at Kitchener Public Library in the fall.

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About Kitchener Public Library

Kitchener Public Library is a hub of activity and one of the most significant community spaces in the City of Kitchener. The library boasts five locations located throughout the city including the award-winning Central Library near the downtown core. The library has 102,000 active members and welcomes 1.2 million visitors each year. To learn more about Kitchener Public Library, visit To be the first to find out what’s happening at the library, follow @KitchLibrary on Twitter.

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Kerri Hutchinson 
Manager, Marketing and Communications 
Kitchener Public Library
85 Queen Street North, Kitchener, ON


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