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Mississauga's One Book is "Requiem" by Frances Itani

It was originally published in 2011 and was chosen as the top fiction title by The Washington Post in 2012. Requiem follows the story of Ben Okri, a recent widower who is sent on a journey through his past and across Canada to visit his father. As a child, Ben and his family were held in a Japanese internment camp during World War II in the interior of British Columbia. As does Canada, Ben has to come to grips with his own painful history and move forward to build a new life for himself.

"I am honoured to know that Requiem has been chosen for One Book, One Mississauga. This is a novel that is close to me for many reasons, and I am thrilled that it is about to be widely shared. I look forward to meeting as many readers as possible while I am in Mississauga for associated events. Thank you so much for choosing REQUIEM." Frances Itani

Mississauga residents are encouraged to read the book over the summer, over 300 copies of the book are available in print at all 18 libraries. Audiobooks and accessible DAISY books are available. In addition, an unlimited number of e-book copies are available through Overdrive Then join in author events and book clubs in the Fall 2017. Meet the author on Monday, September 25, 7 pm at the Central Library, 301 Burnhamthorpe Rd W.


FRANCES ITANI has written 16 books. Her novels include Tell, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize; Requiem, chosen by the Washington Post as one of the top fiction titles of 2012; Remembering the Bones, published internationally and shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; and the #1 bestseller Deafening, which won a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was shortlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, selected for CBC’s Canada Reads and published in seventeen territories. A Member of the Order of Canada and a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, Itani lives in Ottawa. A Member of the Order of Canada and a three-time winner of the CBC Literary Award, Itani lives in Ottawa.

Her new book, That’s My Baby, will be published in September 2017.

One Book One Mississauga is a part of a series of city-wide Canada 150 programs and events. It is the City's biggest book club, join us to celebrate reading and to create a shared community experience during this very special year.

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