One Book, One New Tecumseth

Promoting the Love of Reading

What is One Book?

With the success of community-based reading programs such as One Book, One Waterloo and One Book, One Cambridge, in 2013 New Tecumseth Public Library implemented a community-wide reading event for adults in our area: One Book, One New Tecumseth (OBONT), with great success.

One Book, One New Tecumseth promotes the love of reading by adults, contributes to creating an adult reading culture in New Tecumseth (made up of the communities of Alliston, Beeton and Tottenham), and builds a sense of community through the shared experience of reading.


Encourage reading and contribute to the culture of adult reading in our community.
Create opportunities for social interaction and community development.
Support life-long learning and literacy


  • Join the experience! New Tecumseth Public Library invites you to join a community-wide reading experience where residents come together to read and discuss one book.
  • Join your community, friends and family in reading the year’s selection to create a community-wide reading connection. Books are available for loan and/or for purchase at all three branches of the New Tecumseth Public Library.
  • Join the conversation: have your book club discuss the title or register for one of the book club discussion groups hosted by New Tecumseth Public Library. Watch our website, facebook page, blog and twitter account for more details on the events connected with this community experience.
  • Connect with the author and your community. One Book, One New Tecumseth culminates with an evening with the Author in May. Enjoy an author talk followed by a book-signing.

Enjoy a great read. Participate in a book club discussion. Meet the author. There are so many ways to be involved in this community experience. Call your local branch of the New Tecumseth Public Library for a list of future events related to this community reading initiative.

Machine Without Horses: Helen Humphreys – 2019

About the Book

“One of the best—and most wonderfully experimental—historical fiction titles of the year. . . . Truly spectacular.” —Toronto Star

What is an ordinary life worth?

A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who was both extraordinary—eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert—but also utterly ordinary. How does a writer, intrigued by all that isn’t said, create a story, or capture an unknowable woman and all the secret passions, choices and compromises that make up a life?In Machine Without Horses, Helen Humphreys explores the real life and the imagined internal life of the famous and famously private salmon-fly dresser Megan Boyd, a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland. Humphreys, both present in the story and its architect, reveals with her inimitable style the complicated emotional landscape that can exist under even the most constant surface.

About the Author

HELEN HUMPHREYS is an acclaimed and award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her work includes the novel Machine Without Horses, The Evening Chorus, Coventry and Afterimage and her non-fiction includes The Ghost Orchard and The Frozen Thames, as well as the memoir Nocturne. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Toronto Book Award, and she has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Trillium Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Award and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Helen Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.


Look Who Got Caught

Members of the community, and local organizations got caught reading Machine without Horses

An Evening with Helen Humphreys

The 2019 season culminated with “An Evening with Helen Humphreys” at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort in October.

Thank you to everyone in the community who participated in our 2019 One Book, One New Tecumseth Season!

The Promise of Canada: Charlotte Grey – 2017

The Promise of Canada by Charlotte GrayCharlotte Gray

Photograph courtesy by Mark Raynes Roberts

About the Book

What does it mean to be a Canadian? What great ideas have changed our country? An award-winning writer casts her eye over our nation’s history, highlighting some of our most important stories.

From the acclaimed historian Charlotte Gray comes a richly rewarding book about what it means to be Canadian. Readers already know Gray as an award-winning biographer, a writer who has brilliantly captured significant individuals and dramatic moments in our history. Now, in The Promise of Canada, she weaves together masterful portraits of nine influential Canadians, creating a unique history of our country.

What do these people—from George-Étienne Cartier and Emily Carr to Tommy Douglas, Margaret Atwood, and Elijah Harper—have in common? Each, according to Charlotte Gray, has left an indelible mark on Canada. Deliberately avoiding a top-down approach to history, Gray has chosen Canadians—some well-known, others less so—whose ideas, she argues, have become part of our collective conversation about who we are as a people. She also highlights many other Canadians from all walks of life who have added to the ongoing debate, showing how our country has reinvented itself in every generation since Confederation, while at the same time holding to certain central beliefs.

Beautifully illustrated with evocative black-and-white historical images and colorful artistic visions, and written in an engaging style, The Promise of Canada is a fresh, thoughtful, and inspiring view of our historical journey. Opening doors into our past, present, and future with this masterful work, Charlotte Gray makes Canada’s history come alive and challenges us to envision the country we want to live in.

About the Author

Charlotte Gray

Charlotte Gray, one of Canada’s pre-eminent biographers and historians, has won many awards for her work, including the prestigious Pierre Berton Award for a body of historical writing, the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction, the Ottawa Book Award, the Toronto Book Award, and the CAA Birks Family Foundation Award for Biography. Over nine superb biographies, from Mrs. King and Sisters in the Wilderness to The Massey Murder, and masterful books such as The Museum Called Canada and Canada: A Portrait in Letters, she has brought our past to vivid life. Gray is a Member of the Order of Canada and was a panelist on the 2013 edition of CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. She lives in Ottawa.

One Book, One New Tecumseth’s 2017 selection was The Promise of Canada: 150 Years – People and Ideas that Have Shaped our Country by Charlotte Gray. OBONT offered several special events and programs to compliment the 2017 title, including a screening of the film “Drylanders”, which was mentioned in The Promise of Canada, culminating in “An Evening with Charlotte Gray” at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort.

2017 An Evening with Charlotte Gray

Exploring The Promise of Canada

All My Puny Sorrows: Miriam Toews – 2015

Puny Sorrows by Miriam ToewsMirium Toews

About the Book

Miriam Toewsis beloved for her irresistible voice, for mingling laughter and heartwrenching poignancy like no other writer. In her most passionate novel yet, she brings us the riveting story of two sisters, and a love that illuminates life.

You won’t forget Elf and Yoli, two smart and loving sisters. Elfrieda, a world-renowned pianist, glamorous, wealthy, happily married: she wants to die. Yolandi, divorced, broke, sleeping with the wrong men as she tries to find true love: she desperately wants to keep her older sister alive. Yoli is a beguiling mess, wickedly funny even as she stumbles through life struggling to keep her teenage kids and mother happy, her exes from hating her, her sister from killing herself and her own heart from breaking.

But Elf’s latest suicide attempt is a shock: she is three weeks away from the opening of her highly anticipated international tour. Her long-time agent has been calling and neither Yoli nor Elf’s loving husband knows what to tell him. Can she be nursed back to “health” in time? Does it matter? As the situation becomes ever more complicated, Yoli faces the most terrifying decision of her life.

All My Puny Sorrows, at once tender and unquiet, offers a profound reflection on the limits of love, and the sometimes unimaginable challenges we experience when childhood becomes a new country of adult commitments and responsibilities. In her beautifully rendered new novel, Miriam Toews gives us a startling demonstration of how to carry on with hope and love and the business of living even when grief loads the heart.

About the Author

Miriam Toews is the author of seven bestselling novels: Women Talking, All My Puny Sorrows, Summer of My Amazing Luck, A Boy of Good Breeding, A Complicated Kindness, The Flying Troutmans, and Irma Voth, and one work of non-fiction, Swing Low: A Life. She is a winner of the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year, the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, and the Writers Trust Marian Engel/Timothy Findley Award. She lives in Toronto.

One Book, One New Tecumseth’s 2015 selection was “All My Puny Sorrows” by Miriam Toews. OBONT offered several special events and programs to compliment the 2015 title including a screening of the film “Silent Light” at the Circle Theatre (starring Miriam Toews); a book club discussion group; an author talk at Banting Memorial High School; and of course, “An Evening with Miriam Toews” at the Nottawasaga Inn Resort. Highlights of the events can be viewed below.

OBONT at Banting Memorial High School

An Evening with Miriam Toews

AMPS Trailer

No Relation: Terry Fallis – 2014

Book: No Relation

Author: Terry Fallis


“Terry Fallis is fast becoming a master of fiction writing. Once again in No Relation, Fallis employs his understated whimsy and sense for irony in a hilarious chronicle… What delightful lunacy Fallis has concocted here, with a dollop of intrigue and even romance.”  Montreal Gazette

“Terry Fallis writes with a light touch and fine sense of the inherent humanity of humour, while still addressing one of the biggest questions we all have to face: Who are you? Who are you really?”  Will Ferguson, author of 419, winner of the 2012 Scotiabank Giller Prize

“Born of a cheerful mood and a clever mind, Terry Fallis’s No Relation is an endearing book with a big heart.”  Trevor Cole, author of Practical Jean, winner of the 2011 Leacock Medal


2014 An Evening with Terry Fallis
Look Who Got Caught in 2014

Above All Things: Tanis Rideout – 2013

Book: Above All Things

Author: Tanis Rideout


“Part love-story, part high-octane adventure, this historical novel about doomed Everest climber George Mallory is a tough one to put down.” —People

Above All Things is a work as brilliant as sunlight bending off snow. Tanis Rideout’s debut . . . is skillfully and beautifully written. Charmed readers will be transported back through time and space, placing them right on the slope of treacherous and majestic Mount Everest and right inside the conflicted hearts of these memorable characters. . . . Especially compelling, this novel weaves together fact and fiction to reclaim George Mallory’s wife Ruth from obscurity, bringing her alive on the page in all her deeply affecting humanity. . . . Ideas of God, of glory, of perfectionism, of what endures, of faith and honor, duty and love, failure and success, passion and prudence, guilt and shame, heroes and fools—all powder this novel like multifaceted snowflakes—ideas that will fuel many worthy discussions among readers and critics alike. Similarly, readers and critics cannot but get excited about Ms. Rideout’s marvelous gifts for writing and storytelling. . . . All of us are also better in Ms. Rideout’s novel—and better for having read it. Above All Things is a startling and timeless work about our deepest desires, driving obsessions, and our insatiable need to be loved.” —New York Journal of Books


2013 An Evening with Tanis Rideout
Look Who Got Caught in 2013