Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is One Book Nova Scotia?

One Book Nova Scotia is a province-wide community reading event for adults. Nova Scotians are invited to read/listen to, discuss and get excited about the same book.

2. When is it happening?

The title was revealed September 9, 2016. This is the fifth year for the initiative. The first launch event will take place on Saturday September 17 at Word on the Street Halifax.

3. How can I attend an author reading?

Once the program launches, check the events page for a list of readings.

4. How is the book chosen?

The following criteria is used when the Selection Committee decides on a book nomination:

• The author must:

  • be Canadian
  • be available to participate

• The book must:

  • generate discussion and encourage the exchange of ideas
  • be appealing to a broad range of adult readers of varying ages, literacy levels, and life experience
  • be strongly written with a compelling story, characters, and setting that will generate excitement among readers
  • be available in print and for purchase in paperback
  • be available as an ebook

One Book Nova Scotia and its sponsors are committed to the principles of diversity and inclusion. Whenever possible, the winning title should be formatted as an audio book and/or other accessible format. Qualifying books under the selection criteria and written by authors who are women, aboriginal persons, other racially visible persons, and/or persons with a disability will be considered during the selection of the annual list of titles.

5. How can a book be nominated for One Book Nova Scotia?

Input was sought from public library employees across the province and the Selection Committee (made up of Nova Scotia librarians and book industry professionals) also searched to uncover additional titles for consideration based on the selection criteria.

6. How can I get involved?

You can go to an author reading, start a conversation with a friend or join the conversation on Facebook or Twitter.

7. Is this initiative ongoing?

We are in year four and are planning to continue.

8. Where can I get the book?

Once announced, the book is available for loan from public libraries in Nova Scotia, university and college libraries.

The book will be available for purchase in many book stores across Nova Scotia.  You may also purchase the book online at or

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