Sunday, 17 July 2016

Sunday July 17th, 2016 One Book: One Community

In a commendable effort to bring our community together the Thunder Bay Public Library and Community Action Panel (CAP) have started a new project called One Book: One Community. Everyone who chooses to participate will read the same book, at the same time thereby manifesting in part some of Amy Jones’ new book We're All In This Together. You will find all the details at

Not familiar with CAP? Community Action Panel meets regularly to contribute ideas and provide input on Library services, collections and programs. Anyone is eligible to join and provide valuable input in ensuring the Library is meeting and exceeding the needs of the community. Application forms are available on the Library’s website at

Amy Jones’ first novel is set in her adopted hometown of Thunder Bay, and the author cleverly weaves in references to local culture and scenery. Themes in her book include family relationships and emotional wellbeing. The musings of this novel are all related to the mysteries of human behaviour and the realization that things are seldom what they seem.

One of the characters, Kate Parker, goes over Thunder Bay’s Kakabeka Falls in a whiskey barrel taken from her son-in-law’s backyard bootlegging venture. The video of this goes viral, the result of which is the return home of her daughter Finn, who had moved to Mississauga to pursue a writing career.

The Friends of the Library have generously donated ten copies of this book, as well as a ‘Book Club in a Bag’ (set of ten books) for book club discussions. A list of potential discussion raising questions is available in pdf format on the TBPL website. As always you can place a hold on this book with your library card and pin, and in turn download it from Overdrive.

One Book: One Community was launched on Monday June 20th at the Waverley Library.  You now have the remainder of the summer to read the book and reflect upon it. September and October will offer some fun events in conjunction with this endeavour. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter to participate in fun weekly challenges about the book, starting in September.

On Saturday, September 17 from 10 to 11 am there will be a Geological Tour of the Kakabeka Falls area to explore the history of the site where the book is set. Meet in the Kakabeka Falls Provincial Park parking lot.  

On Tuesday October 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm in the Waverley Auditorium there will be a presentation of We're All In This Together: Mental Health Panel. You will see and hear from people and places in Thunder Bay with a focus on mindfulness, self-awareness and resilience.

One Book: One Community Celebration will take place on Saturday, October 22 from 2 to 4 pm in the Waverley Auditorium where you will meet the author and listen to CBC's Cathy Alex interview her, discuss the book, ask questions, enjoy refreshments and even win prizes! For more information contact Joanna at

Amy Jones won the 2006 CBC Literary Prize for Short Fiction and was a finalist for the 2005 Bronwen Wallace Award. She is a graduate of the Optional Residency MFA Program in Creative Writing at UBC, and her fiction has appeared in Best Canadian Stories and The Journey Prize Stories. Her debut collection of stories, What Boys Like, was the winner of the 2008 Metcalf-Rooke Award. Says Amy, "There's so much that I love about this city and I really want people, and the rest of Canada, and the rest of the world, to understand the feeling of the place, and what it is that I love
about it."

Caron Naysmith

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