Posted: September 7, 2021
One Book, One Community 2021

One Book, One Community is celebrating its 20th year! The longest running community reading program in Canada, “OBOC”, as it is fondly referred to, celebrates books and writings of Canadian authors. Through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book, OBOC has helped create a special sense of community in the Region over its 20-year span.

The One Book, One Community selection for 2021 is Extraordinary Canadians: Stories from the Heart of our Nation by Peter Mansbridge and Mark Bulgutch. Featuring stories of Canadians from all walks of life, Extraordinary Canadians is a perfect feel good love letter to our country and its people. The personal stories highlight the voices of advocates, immigrants, medical professionals, religious leaders, and many more inspiring Canadians. Different stories will resonate with different readers. Combined, the stories will inspire a strong sense of pride for the land we call home and our fellow Canadians.

Events & Programs

Virtual Author Event with Peter Mansbridge and Mark Bulgutch

This year's virtual author event takes place on September 23 at 7:00pm on One Book One Community’s YouTube channel and Facebook page. "Like" OBOC on Facebook to keep informed of all One Book, One Community news.

For more information on One Book, One Community and to learn about the author events in September, visit


OBOC Extraordinary Canadians Trivia Night

Tuesday, September 21 at 7:30pm

Join us for a virtual trivia night with questions based on this year's One Book, One Community (OBOC) selection. After this great trivia night you will be all prepped and ready for the live author event. To register for this program, click here.


About the Authors

Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected journalists. He is the former chief correspondent for CBC News and anchor of The National, the CBC’s flagship nightly newscast where he worked for thirty years reporting on national and international news. He is also the former host of Mansbridge One on One, where he interviewed world leaders, music legends, and sports heroes. Mansbridge has received numerous awards for broadcast excellence, including a lifetime achievement award from the Academy of Canadian Screen and Television. He has been awarded the Order of Canada and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal. Follow him on Twitter @petermansbridge, visit him at, or listen to his show The Bridge on Sirius XM.

Mark Bulgutch is a journalist, educator, speaker, and the author of That’s Why I’m a Journalist and That’s Why I’m a Doctor. He worked for the CBC for forty years, eleven as the senior editor of The National and another ten as senior executive producer of all live news specials. He has taught at the Ryerson University School of Journalism for almost thirty-five years. A regular contributor of opinion columns to the Toronto Star, he has won fourteen Gemini awards, four RTNDA Awards, the Canadian Journalist Foundation Award of Excellence, and the Canadian Association of Broadcasters Gold Ribbon Award. Follow him on Twitter @markbulgutch.

Photo Credits: Peter Mansbridge and Gary Gould