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Canadian One Book Community Archive


Here is a chronological list of the titles chosen by more than 30 One Book and Common Reading programs from across Canada, listed alphabetically by province. As this list will be updated frequently, be sure to come back often to see the latest Canadian One Book picks.

To see a shorter list of the books most frequently picked by One Book programs in Canada, visit our Most Popular Canadian One Book Picks section.

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Calgary Reads

One Book, One Calgary

University of Calgary’s Common Reading Program

  • 2015: Little Princes by Conor Grennan
  • 2014: Misfit: Changemaker with an Edge by Andreas Souvaliotis
  • 2013: No Impact Man by Colin Beavan
  • 2012: Bitter Medicine by Clem & Olivier Martini

One Book One Edmonton

One Book, One Community Medicine Hat


One Book, One Vancouver

  • 2010: The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams
  • 2009: The Crazy Canucks by Janet Love Morrison; The Farm Team by Linda Bailey
  • 2008: The Five Books of Moses Lapinsky by Karen X. Tulchinsky
  • 2007: My Year of Meats by Ruth Ozeki
  • 2006: There Is a Season: A Memoir by Patrick Lane
  • 2005: Obasan by Joy Kogawa
  • 2004: The Corporation by Joel Bakan
  • 2003: Stanley Park by Timothy Taylor
  • 2002: The Jade Peony by Wayson Choy


On the Same Page
  • 2015: The Evolution of Alice by David Robertson
  • 2014: North End Love Songs by Katherena Vermette
  • 2013: The Lucky Ones: African Refugees’ Stories of Extraordinary Courage by Anne Mahon
  • 2012: Manitowapow: Aboriginal Writings from the Land of Water edited by Niigaanwewidam James Sinclair & Warren Cariou
  • 2011: The Setting Lake Sun / Le soleil du lac qui se couche by J.R. Léveillé
  • 2010: Juliana and the Medicine Fish by Jake MacDonald
  • 2009: Reading by Lightning by Joan Thomas
  • 2008: In Search of April Raintree by Beatrice Mosionier


One Campus, One Book, One Community at the University of New Brunswick, Saint John


  • 2015: George & Rue by George Elliott Clarke
  • 2014: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
  • 2013: Name of the Wind by Patrick Rothfuss


One Book, One Yellowknife


One Book Nova Scotia

  • 2015: Just Beneath My Skin by Darren Greer
  • 2014: Roost by Ali Bryan
  • 2013: Fauna by Alissa York
  • 2012: Twenty-Six by Leo McKay Jr.


Arnprior One Book One Community

One Book, One Aurora

One Book, One Brant

  • 2015: No Relation by Terry Fallis
  • 2014: Crow’s Landing by Brad Smith
  • 2013: The Red Pole of Macau by Ian Hamilton
  • 2012: A Taste of Canada by Rose Murray
  • 2011: The K Handshape by Maureen Jennings
  • 2010: Where We Have to Go by Lauren Kirshner
  • 2009: Rollback by Robert J. Sawyer
  • 2008: The Fearsome Particles by Trevor Cole
  • 2007: After Helen by Paul Cavanaugh
  • 2006: Crow Lake by Mary Lawson

Brockville Reads

  • 2009: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

One Book, One Burlington

Durham Region’s Pass the Book

  • 2015: The Golem and the Jinni by Helene Wecker
  • 2014: Above All Things by Tanis Rideout
  • 2013: Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand
  • 2012: Fauna by Alissa York
  • 2011: Stories From The Vinyl Café by Stuart McLean
  • 2010: The Factory Voice by Jeanette Lynes
  • 2009: Water for Elephants by Sara Gruen

One Book, One County Dufferin

  • 2015: The Massey Murder by Charlotte Gray
  • 2014: Triggers by Robert Sawyer
  • 2013: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • 2012: The Guilty Plea by Robert Rotenberg
  • 2011: Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden

First Nation Communities Read

  • 2014-2015: Wild Berries and Pakwa che Menisu by Julie Flett
  • 2013-2014: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  • 2012-2013: Shannen and the Dream for a School by Janet Wilson
  • 2011-2012: Fatty Legs: A True Story by Christy Jordan-Fenton & Margaret Pokiak-Fenton
  • 2010: Long Powwow Nights by David Bouchard & Pam Aleekuk
  • 2009: Which Way Should I Go by Sylvia Olsen, with Ron Martin
  • 2008: Ancient Thunder written and ill. by Leo Yerxa
  • 2007: program suspended
  • 2006: As Long as the Rivers Flow by Larry Loyie, with Constance Brissenden
  • 2005: SkySisters by Jan Bourdeau Waboose, ill. by Brian Deines
  • 2004: Solomons Treeby Andrea Spalding, ill. by Janet Wilson
  • 2003: Dragonfly Kites by Tomson Highway, ill. by Brian Deines

KFPL Reads: One Book, One County

  • 2013: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

Georgian Bay Reads

Guelph Reads

  • 2015: The Golden Spruce by John Vaillant
  • 2014: Life in the Backwoods by Susannah Moodie

One Book, One Halton Hills

Hamilton Reads

  • 2015: All My Puny Sorrows by Miriam Toews
  • 2014: The Redemption of Oscar Wolf by James Bartleman
  • 2013: 1982 by Jian Ghomeshi

Lanark County One Book, One Community

  • 2015: Flee, Fly, Flown by Janet Hepburn

London Reads

One Book, One Markham

McMaster University’s Common Reading Program

  • 2015: For Today I Am a Boy by Kim Fu
  • 2014: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
  • 2013: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • 2012: A Year of Living Generously by Lawrence Scanlan
  • 2011: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

One Book, One Milton

One Book, One New Tecumseth

Nipissing University’s Common Book Common Ground Program

Orillia’s Big Read

  • 2015: The Martian by Andy Weir
  • 2014: Settlement by Ann Birch
  • 2013: The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan
  • 2012: The Woefield Poultry Collective by Susan Juby
  • 2011: Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
  • 2010: Old City Hall by Robert Rotenburg
  • 2009: The Uncommon Reader by Alan Bennett
  • 2008: Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates
  • 2007: Down in the Dumps by Mel Malton

Queen’s Reads

Sheridan Reads

  • 2015: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill

Toronto Public Library’s Keep Toronto Reading Festival’s One Book

Trent Reads

Upper Grand Reads

  • 2015: The Bear by Claire Cameron
  • 2014: Fanatics by William Bell  

One Book, One Community (Waterloo Region)

  • 2015: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
  • 2014: The Massey Murder by Charlotte Grey
  • 2013: Ragged Company by Richard Wagamese
  • 2012: Lakeland by Allan Casey
  • 2011: Bury Your Dead by Louise Penny
  • 2010: The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis
  • 2009: The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill
  • 2008: The 100-Mile Diet by Alisa Smith & J.B. MacKinnon
  • 2007: Smoke by Elizabeth Ruth
  • 2006: Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden
  • 2005: Hominids by Robert J. Sawyer
  • 2004: Lives of the Saints by Nino Ricci
  • 2003: The Stone Carvers by Jane Urquhart
  • 2002: No Great Mischief by Alistair MacLeod

Wilfrid Laurier University’s Common Reading Program

  • 2014: My Life Among the Apes by Cary Fagan
  • 2013: Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese

University of Waterloo’s Applied Health Sciences Common Book Program

Woodstock Reads


One Book One Island

  • 2014: 14 PEI-based authors for a special anniversary edition
  • 2013: Island by Alistair MacLeod
  • 2012: Burma Chronicles by Guy Delisle
  • 2011: Still Life by Louise Penny