Thriller selected as new One Book Lambton title

Lambton County’s library, and a Sarnia book store, are encouraging area readers to unite by reading the same book in the coming months.

Emily Bisson, with the Lambton County Library, holds a copy at The Book Keeper in Sarnia of the new One Book Lambton title, Every Step She Takes. Paul Morden / The Observer

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Lambton County’s library, and a Sarnia book store, are encouraging area readers to unite by reading the same book in the coming months.

The county library, in partnership with The Book Keeper, launched One Book Lambton last year asking residents to read The Reason You Walk, by author Wab Kinew, and Friday they announced the project’s next book is the thriller Every Step She Takes by K.L. Armstrong.

“Our goal at One Book Lambton is to unite people from around Lambton County through one book,” Susan Chamberlain, owner of The Book Keeper, said Friday during an online video launch.

Readers are encouraged “to engage in conversations and activities throughout the winter and the spring that focus on and highlight the themes of the book,” she said.

This year’s book is about an American character living in Rome who was part of a scandal in the past and finds herself caught up in a new one.

Greer Macdonell, with the county library, said the book was chosen because of “the timeliness of the themes” which include the Me Too movement and what happens when scandals “go viral” on social media.

“The book will really make you think about your own online presence and the things that you read, and the importance of critical thinking.” Macdonell said.

Armstrong is a best-selling author originally from Sudbury who now lives in southwestern Ontario, Chamberlain said. “She’s one of our neighbours.”

The author sent along a video message for the launch saying, “I was so happy it was chosen, and happy reading to all.”

Macdonell said more than 750 copies of last year’s One Book Lambton title end up being sold and borrowed in the community.

“We had lots of successful programs last year, including some book talks, book discussion books,” she said.

There was also a “coping through loss” session with St. Joseph’s Hospice that was well received, and other programs, Macdonell said.

Copies of Every Step She Takes are available from The Book Keeper and county library branches.

“We’ll have lots of programs coming up in the New Year, and lots of ways” for readers to get involved in discussing the book with others across the county, Macdonell said.

Information about One Book Lambton can be found online at onebooklambton.ca.

pmorden@postmedia.com

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