Meet Our 2018 Champions


2018 Champions (l to r) Lynn Macaulay, Sharon Lloyd, Matt White, R.J. Johnston, Lori Campbell and Bashar Jabbour. Absent: Pam Patel and Tarique Plummer.

We have an amazing line-up of local celebrities and community builders ready to convince you on October 15th that “their” book should be your next read.

This year we are making things REALLY interesting by asking our Champions to choose the book they will be defending at Waterloo Reads.

Meet this year’s Waterloo Reads Champions and discover the books they are defending.

  • Lori Campbell, University of Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre – “Halfbreed” by Maria Campbell
  • Lynn Macaulay, Initiative Coordinator with the Homelessness & Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG) – “The Break” by Katherena Vermette
  • Matt White, Green Light Arts – “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers
  • Pam Patel, MT Space – “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline
  • Sharon Lloyd, Waterloo Regional Police Service – “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter
  • Tarique Plummer, WLU Students’ Union President & CEO – “Adults in the Room” by Yanis Varoufakis
  • Bashar Jabbour, Spoken Word Poet – “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi
  • R.J. Johnston, 98.5 CKWR – “Mythos : the Greek myths retold” by Stephen Fry

2018 Battle of the Books is Oct 15

The Waterloo Reads! Battle of the Books is a fun night of debate, trash talk, draw prizes, delicious refreshments and possibly the most lively book 8 “Champions” from our community will debate the merits of the 8 awesome books.

At the end of the evening, attendees will vote for the book they think everyone in Waterloo should be reading this year.

Registration is not required for this event. Parking is free. Everyone welcome!