The One Book One London initiative is here to encourage and celebrate reading one book together as a community. Plans are in the works for projects and programs related to themes in the book – walking, letter writing, the Canadian landscape, and possibly baking, papier mâché and coyotes. We are working with amazing community partners to offer exciting events and surprises throughout the city. Read the book. Share your thoughts. Be part of the experience.

About the Book

The book opens with Etta’s words to Otto:

“I’ve gone. I’ve never seen the water, so I’ve gone there. I will try to remember to come back.”

Etta’s greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And so, at the age of eighty-two she gets up very early one morning, takes a rifle, some chocolate, and her best boots, and begins walking the 2,000 miles to water in Halifax. The characters have a touching vulnerability and have a long and shared past that is memorable. It is a story about a journey, a personal quest, about memories, longing and unfulfilled desires. Much is told in letters and flashbacks and a wonderful usage of magical realism. It is about those who go and those who stay waiting and has a poignant ending that is left to the reader’s interpretation.

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Borrow the Book

Etta and Otto and Russell and James is available in several formats, including:

An interactive walking challenge donated by Digital Echidna.

Challenge yourself and your friends as you bring Etta's journey to life. Lace up your shoes and Walk One Book!

(image:One Book, One Walk)