The Halton Hills Public Library's One Book, One Halton Hills program began in 2011 as a way to encourage reading throughout the community. The aim of the program is to have everyone read the same book once each year, creating a town-wide book club. The Library also offers programs to complement the theme of each year's book selection, including an evening with the author. Over the years, the One Book, One Halton Hills program has helped introduce the community to new books and bestselling novels, and the Library has welcomed a diverse range of respected Canadian authors.

One Book, One Halton Hills through the years:

2018 – A Stranger in the House by Shari Lapena

In A Stranger in the House, readers are transported to a quiet, prosperous suburb in upstate New York where nothing is as it appears. Only a few things are for certain – a man is dead, the police have an unlikely suspect, and a housewife is convinced that a stranger can get inside her home.

2017 – Motorcycles & Sweetgrass by Drew Hayden Taylor

Motorcycles and Sweet Grass is set in Otter Lake: a sleepy Anishnawbe community. Little happens there...until the day a handsome stranger pulls up astride a 1953 Indian Chief motorcycle – and turns Otter Lake completely upside down.

2016 – The Night Stages by Jane Urquhart

The Night Stages tells the interconnected stories of Tamara, a former pilot in the war, her married lover, Niall, a charismatic Irishman and meteorologist, and his troubled brother Kieran, who is separated from his family and fostered in a mountain home by a maternal countrywoman. Running parallel is the story of Canadian artist Kenneth Lochhead and how he created the mural that is Tamara's only companion through three long days and nights when she is grounded by fog at Gander Airport, Newfoundland. 

A novel of emotional depth that vividly evokes a time and a place, The Night Stages explores the meaning of separation, the sorrows of fractured families, and the profound effect of home in a world where a way of life is changing.

2015 – Girl Runner by Carrie Snyder

Girl Runner is the story of Aganetha Smart, a former Olympic athlete who was famous in the 1920s, but now, at age 104, lives in a nursing home, alone and forgotten by history. For Aganetha, a competitive and ambitious woman, her life remains present and unfinished in her mind. Part historical page-turner, part contemporary mystery, Girl Runner is an engaging and endearing story about family, ambition, athletics and the dedicated pursuit of one's passions. It is also, ultimately, about a woman who follows the singular, heart-breaking and inspiring course of her life until the very end.

2014 – The Painted Girls by Cathy Marie Buchanan

Following their father's sudden death, the Van Goethem sisters find their lives upended. Marie is dispatched to the Paris Opéra, where she will be trained to enter the famous Ballet and meet Edgar Degas. Her older sister, Antoinette, finds employment—and the love of a dangerous young man—as an extra in a stage adaptation of Émile Zola's Naturalist masterpiece L'Assommoir. Set at a moment of profound artistic, cultural, and societal change. The Painted Girls is a tale of two remarkable sisters rendered uniquely vulnerable to the darker impulses of “civilized society.”

2013 – The Headmaster's Wager by Vincent Lam

Compulsive gambler and womanizer Percival Chen is the headmaster of the most respected English school in Saigon and fiercely proud of his Chinese heritage. Percival is accustomed to bribing government officials, but he faces the limits of his connections and wealth when his son gets into trouble with the Vietnamese authorities and Percival is forced to send him away. He finds solace in a new lover and the son they have together, but his newfound happiness is affected by the war that is encroaching into his world.

2012 – The Best Laid Plans by Terry Fallis

A burnt-out political aide quits just before an election-- but is forced to run a hopeless campaign on the way out. He makes a deal with a crusty old Scot, Angus McLintock-- an engineering professor who will do anything, anything, to avoid teaching English to engineers-- to let his name stand in the election. No need to campaign, certain to lose, and so on. Then a great scandal blows away his opponent, and to their horror, Angus is elected. He decides to see what good an honest M.P. who doesn't care about being re-elected can do in Parliament. The results are hilarious-- and with chess, a hovercraft, and the love of a good woman thrown in, this very funny book has something for everyone.

2011 – Midnight at the Dragon Café by Judy Fong Bates

Set in the 1960s, Judy Fong Bates' much-talked-about debut novel is the story of a young girl, the daughter of a small Ontario town's solitary Chinese family, whose life is changed over the course of one summer when she learns the burden of secrets. Through Su-Jen's eyes, the hard life behind the scenes at the Dragon Café unfolds. As Su-Jen's father works continually for a better future, her mother, a beautiful but embittered woman, settles uneasily into their new life. Su-Jen feels the weight of her mother's unhappiness as Su-Jen's life takes her outside the restaurant and far from the customs of the traditional past. When Su-Jen's half-brother arrives, smouldering under the responsibilities he must bear as the dutiful Chinese son, he forms an alliance with Su-Jen's mother, one that will have devastating consequences. Written in spare, intimate prose, Midnight at the Dragon Café is a vivid portrait of a childhood divided by two cultures and touched by unfulfilled longings and unspoken secrets.