Yesterday was the annual unveiling of the One Book One Community pick. The launch was held at the new Waterloo Region Museum. The building is beautiful and fits with theme of this year's book, "Bury Your Dead" by Louise Penny. The mystery explores a portion of Canadian history as well as modern-day Quebec city. Lynn Hadrell, editor of The Record, unveiled the book. Louise Penny sent a video message to the launch and was gushing with excitement about being chosen. Tricia Siemens, former co-owner of the store and founder of the OBOC program, reminded us of the magic of the previous picks and how the program has brought together the region in sharing one special book. For more information on the program: www.oboc.ca and our website
As Quebec City shivers in the grip of winter, its ancient stone walls cracking in the cold, Chief Inspector Armand Gamache plunges into the most unusual case of his celebrated career. A man has been brutally murdered in one of the city's oldest buildings - a library where the English citizens of Quebec safeguard their history. And the death opens a door into the past, exposing a mystery that has lain dormant for centuries... a mystery Gamache must solve if he's to apprehend a present-day killer.
On May 1, 2010, Louise Penny's The Brutal Telling won the Agatha Award for Best Novel. Louise is not only the first Canadian winner, but she has also made history winning The Agatha Award three years in a row! Louise Penny is the author of the international bestselling Chief Inspector Gamache novels. Her books are set in Quebec and have debuted on the New York Times bestseller list and won awards internationally including the British Dagger, the Canadian Arthur Ellis and the American Agatha, Anthony and Barry awards. She was born and raised in Toronto, and now lives in a picturesque village in Quebec with her husband