An Evening with Waubgeshig Rice Presented By Milton Public Library

2024 One Book, One Milton

Join us for an evening with author and journalist Waubgeshig Rice, where he will discuss his most recent novel, Moon of the Turning Leaves, the sequel to his best-selling book, Moon of the Crusted Snow.

Moon of the Turning Leaves is Waubgeshig Rice’s exhilarating return to the world first explored in the phenomenal breakout bestseller Moon of the Crusted Snow: a brooding story of survival, resilience, Indigenous identity, and rebirth.

Twelve years after the power went out worldwide, the Anishinaabe people of Shki-dnakiiwin (“New village”) discover problems with their homestead. Hoping to return to their ancestral home on the northern shore of Lake Huron, a party of six sets out to test whether it would be possible for the community to emigrate safely southward.

Now in its eleventh year, One Book, One Milton continues to be Milton Public Library’s signature annual program having played host to some of Canada’s greatest icons. MPL is honoured to added Waubgeshig Rice and his novel Moon of the Turning Leaves to this incredible list.

2024 OBOM Author

Waubgeshig Rice

Waubgeshig Rice is an author and journalist from Wasauksing First Nation.

He’s written four books, most notably the bestselling novel Moon of the Crusted Snow, published in 2018 and his recent novel, Moon of the Turning Leaves, #1 National best seller, which was released in 2023.

Waubgeshig graduated from the journalism program at Toronto Metropolitan University in 2002, and spent most of his journalism career with the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation as a video journalist and radio host. He left CBC in 2020 to focus on his literary career.

In addition to his writing endeavours, Waubgeshig is an eclectic public speaker, delivering keynote addresses and workshops, engaging in interviews, and contributing to various panels at literary festivals and conferences. He speaks on creative writing and oral storytelling, contemporary Anishinaabe culture and matters, Indigenous representation in arts and media, and more.

He lives in Sudbury, Ontario with his wife and three sons.

2024 OBOM Book

“A cause for celebration. . . . Rice has created not only a compulsive narrative, but, perhaps more significantly, a compelling world, rooted in both        the traditions of the Anishinaabe and the ashes of late-stage capitalism. It’s a powerful, tour de force accomplishment which will leave readers              hoping for a third book.” Toronto Star

Moon of the Turning Leaves is the second novel Mr. Rice has set in this world, after 2018’s Moon of the Crusted Snow, but this book can be read on        its own. . . . [Rice’s] attention to the material culture of the future Anishinaabe people is particular and impressive.” —The Wall Street Journal





Twelve years after the lights go out . . . An epic journey to a forgotten homeland

Moon of the Turning Leaves is Waubgeshig Rice’s exhilarating return to the world first explored in the phenomenal breakout bestseller Moon of        the Crusted Snow: a brooding story of survival, resilience, Indigenous identity, and rebirth.

In the years since a mysterious cataclysm caused a permanent blackout that toppled infrastructure and thrust the world into anarchy, Evan Whitesky has led his community in remote northern Canada off the rez and into the bush, where they’ve been rekindling their Anishinaabe traditions, isolated from the outside world. As new generations are born, and others come of age in a world after everything, Evan’s people are stronger than ever. But resources around their new settlement are drying up, and elders warn that they cannot stay indefinitely.


Evan and his teenaged daughter, Nangohns, are chosen to lead a scouting party on a months-long trip down to their traditional home on the shores of Lake Huron—to seek new beginnings, and discover what kind of life—and what danger—still exists in the lands to the south.

2024 OBOM Host

Sherry Saevil

Sherry is a member of Mistawasis Nêhiyawak and an Alumni from University of Saskatchewan. She has dedicated her career to challenging systemic barriers and seeking justice for Indigenous communities in Canada.


Sherry has worked with First Nations communities and organizations over the last 30 years in a variety of roles from a historical researcher, historical writer, policy analyst, Law coordinator and Assistant Director of Lands and Resources for Six Nations of the Grand River Territory. Currently Sherry is the Indigenous Education Advisor with the Halton Catholic District School Board. She is a passionate advocate for First Nations, Metis and Inuit Education and believes that Reconciliation is possible through Education.

2024 OBOM Programs

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2023 OBOM Event Highlights



The Milton Public Library was honoured to welcome Academy® Award-winning screenwriter and acclaimed actor and director, Sarah Polley for their 2023 One Book, One Milton event on Thursday, October 26th.

The sold-out crowd of 500 were treated with an interview hosted by Eleanor Wachtel, as Sarah discussed her #1 National Bestseller, Run Towards the Danger, a collection of six personal essays that delve into aspects of her life and career.

The book is the winner of the 2022 Toronto Book Award, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and was named the Most-Anticipated Book of 2022 by Entertainment Weekly, Lit Hub, and AV Club.

Kanta Kapoor, MPL’s interim Chief Librarian, commenced the evening by expressing her thoughts on the significance of One Book, One Milton: “Now in its tenth year, One Book, One Milton remains MPL’s signature annual program. Over the past decade, we have had the privilege of hosting some of Canada’s most illustrious authors. Sarah Polley’s inclusion in this distinguished list is a matter of great honor.”

Notably, the event was graced by the presence of the Mayor of Milton, Gordon Krantz, underlining the event’s importance for the local community.

Sarah Polley conveyed her gratitude for being designated as the One Book One Milton author for 2023: “I am so honored and excited to be part of the One Book One Milton event. I extend my heartfelt thanks to the Milton Public Library.”

Inclusivity marked the event, as members of the deaf community were welcomed with the presence of ASL interpreters. Following the interview, a dynamic Q&A session provided a platform for individuals from diverse backgrounds to pose questions to Sarah Polley, gaining insight into her experiences as a successful figure.

One event attendee shared their appreciation: “It’s truly exceptional to have someone of Sarah Polley’s caliber, an Oscar winner, visit our community here in Milton. We were fortunate to have her tonight and hear her thoughts on her remarkable journey. Our gratitude goes to the Milton Public Library for uniting us all.”

Concluding the evening, attendees had the privilege of engaging in a personal interaction with Sarah Polley during a book signing session.

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One Book, One Milton is a community-wide program.

A book selection committee comprised of Milton Public Library staff members consider the following criteria when choosing Milton’s read.

The One Book, One Milton book selection must:

  • Be written by a Canadian author
  • Have been written for an adult audience
  • Appeal to both men and women
  • Engage the reader
  • Generate a sense of excitement
  • Sustain a complex discussion
  • Raise issues of importance


One Book, One Milton is a community-wide program designed to encourage everyone in Milton to read the same book – similar to one really big book club.

One Book, One Milton engages the community through the shared experience of reading and discussing the same book: its contents, themes and relevance, as it relates to the Milton Community.

There are many ways to get involved and engaged in One Book, One Milton:

  • Read a copy of the book
  • Participate in various events and activities, including the author visit!


You can borrow, download or purchase a copy of the selected book to read and enjoy. To borrow the book from Milton Public Library, visit us online or in person. You can also purchase a copy at any Milton Public Library location, or at the main event.

If you need help downloading the eBook, please let us know as we are happy to help!

Visit the library, call 905-875-2665, or email for assistance.

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