News release

One Book, One Mississauga – Mississauga’s Biggest Book Club

City services | July 4, 2017

As part of Canada 150 celebrations, Mississauga Library System is excited to announce the launch of a new city-wide library program called One Book, One Mississauga.

One Book, One Mississauga encourages residents to read a particular book over the summer and participate in a variety of fall library programming that discusses the book in more details,” said Rose Vespa, Director, Mississauga Library System, City of Mississauga. “This type of program allows residents to engage with each other while providing an opportunity to gain insights from each other’s thoughts, feelings and opinions. The program also encourages literacy and promotes the importance and power of reading.”

During the Canada Day celebrations at Mississauga Celebration Square, the Library revealed that Requiem written by Frances Itani would be the program’s featured book. Requiem is a popular contemporary Canadian adult fiction book that traces the lives of a Japanese-Canadian family during and after their internment in the 1940s.

Residents interested in participating can check-out the book, in hard copy or eBook formats, at all 18 library locations.

Vespa added, “There’s an interesting parallel that also comes with this program. We all live in the same city; have similar interactions and experiences with each other; however each of our stories is different. The same notion happens with a program like One Book, One Mississauga. Each reader interprets things in their own way, even though everyone is reading the same book. That’s what makes this program so powerful.”

The book was chosen by a selection committee with members from Sheridan College, University of Toronto Mississauga, Heritage Mississauga, the Mississauga Public Library Board and the Mississauga Friends of the Library.

Frances Itani will participate in programs at different libraries in the fall to discuss the book with readers.

This program is made possible from funding provided by the Friends of the Mississauga Library.

For more information about the program, visit


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