One Page: Canada's Virtual Literary Series

Watch Canada-wide Author Talks with the One Page Virtual Literary Series

One Page Virtual Literary Series

One Page is a result of Canada’s largest literary festivals and library systems coming together to collaborate and offer new ways to engage with writers and books at this critical time.

One Page aims to offer events that are engaging, relevant and reflective of contemporary book culture in Canada and abroad with live and pre-recorded events that the public can access for free across the country.

Upcoming Events

Tommy Orange & book cover of There There

Tommy Orange and Waubgeshig Rice: There There

Thursday, November 26, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM PT

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In a sweeping yet nuanced exploration of identity and the role of Native Americans in a contemporary urban America (in this case, Oakland, California), Cheyenne and Arapaho author, Tommy Orange’s novel There There (ORL Catalogue | Publisher) presents a complex portrait of urban life and the impact that racism, ignorance and historical wrongs has had on an interconnected group of Native American characters.

Inspired by a Gertrude Stein line about Oakland and all the ways it changed upon her return (“there is no there there”), Orange plays with this paradox of cities being both permanent and ever-changing places of nostalgia, desperation and success.

Tommy Orange talks with Anishnaabe journalist and author Waubgeshig Rice (Moon of the Crusted Snow - ORL Catalogue | Publisher). 



Jo Nesbo: The Kingdom

Thursday, November 26, 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM PT

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Prolific Norwegian crime novelist, Jo Nesbo returns with an evocative psychological thriller filled with fraternal envy in his newest novel The Kingdom.



Samantha Irby: Wow No Thank You

Thursday, December 10, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM PT

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In the “wildly funny” new essay collection by Samantha Irby, the author reflects on (among other topics) life in a Red State, turning 40, LA TV executives, having a spouse who makes her own kombucha and the fakery of lifestyle blogs (vs the reality of the “slobs on the other side of the screen”). Samantha Irby discusses Wow, No Thank You and shows us how to laugh through all the chaos.


Want more? Check out all the events from participating libraries across Canada.


Watch Recorded One Page Events

James McBride and Omar El Akkad: Deacon King Kong (Recorded November 19)


In Deacon King Kong, McBride masterfully tells the story of the shooting of a neighbourhood drug dealer by the local deacon and the subsequent blowback felt by the people who witnessed the shooting. In true McBride style, this story is a vivid portrayal of the tumultuous swirl of New York in the late 1960s that brings to life distinct characters who must face their own fears and secrets in order to survive.


Anne Enright (Recorded October 15) 


Anne Enright talks about Actress with the editor of Canadian Notes & Queries, Emily Donaldson, and the complex relationship that binds us to and cuts us off from our childhood heroes as well as to the pull of celebrity and its potential for destruction. 


Barbara Kingsolver (Recorded October 8)


Kingsolver talks with CBC arts journalist, Aparita Bhandari, about her career, her poetry and what we can all learn about the lessons life continues to teach us.


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