One Book One London

Published on March 16, 2017

Western Libraries and the Faculty of Information and Media Studies (FIMS) are pleased to be community ambassadors for London Public Library’s (LPL) One Book One London reading program. One Book One Community initiatives encourage people throughout the city to come together by reading, discussing and participating in events related to a common book.

This reading program has been introduced during Canada's 150th celebration year and features a Canadian title: Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper. The book tells the story of 82-year-old Etta, who walks the 2000 miles from her farm in Saskatchewan to Halifax to see the ocean. We learn more about Etta’s life with her husband Otto and their neighbor Russell, and meet her unanticipated traveling companion James, a wild coyote who joins her walk.

Western Libraries has purchased 150 copies of the book to distribute around campus. It has been branded with the One Book One London logo and we encourage people to read it, love it and pass it on – we hope the books will circulate around campus. Expect to see the books pop up starting the week of March 20. You can also check for copies to borrow in Western Libraries catalogue.  The book is also available to borrow through the London Public Library in various formats.

LPL in conjunction with community partners will have a number of events and programs related to the book from April 24 until October (e.g. interactive walking app, coyote awareness talks, food tastings, author reading). Everyone is encouraged to attend. We hope you'll tell us what you think about the book and share your #bookselfie by tweeting #1Book1Ldn to @westernulibs and/or on LPLs Facebook Group One Book One London.

Western Libraries and FIMS will also jointly host events.
Papier-mâché animals: Monday March 27 and Tuesday March 28 from 11 am – 3:30 pm in the Weldon Library Atrium. (Monday to create and Tuesday to paint)
Summer Book Club (time and location TBD)
Faculty Lectures on themes in the book (time and location TBD)

For more information, please contact Monica Fazekas (