And the 2018 winner is…

What a night it was!  Waterloo Public Library hosted the 6th annual “Waterloo Reads! Battle of the Books” on October 16 which saw 8 very competitive local “Champions” defend and debate the merits of books of their own selection.

It is safe to say that the 150+ people who attended the event at the Waterloo Memorial Recreation Complex totally enjoyed the enthusiastic debate the engaging and thought provoking details provided by each and every champion about the books they were defending. This made voting very challenging.

At the end of the evening, with votes tallied, the win went to Lori Campbell. Lori identifies as a 2-Spirit nēhiyaw āpihtākosisān iskwew from mōniyawi-sākahikanihk, Treaty 6 territory in northern Saskatchewan. She currently is Director, Shatitsirótha’ Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre at St. Paul’s University College. Lori was defending “Halfbreed” by Maria Campbell, who also happens to be her Aunt. Congratulations Lori!

In 2nd place was R.J. Johnston, a professional writer, performer, director, certified auctioneer and local radio personality with over 13,000 hours of live radio under his belt at Waterloo Region’s FM 98.5 CKWR. R.J. was defending “Mythos” by Stephen Fry. And 3rd place went to Lynn Macaulay, Initiative Coordinator with the Homelessness and Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG). Lynn defended “The Break” by Katherena Vermette

We’d like to thank our champions and all attendees for helping to make Waterloo Reads such a terrific success!

Meet Our 2018 Champions

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 (from l. to r.) and discover the books they are defending.

  • Sharon Lloyd, Waterloo Regional Police Service – “We Were the Lucky Ones” by Georgia Hunter
  • Kathleen Lambert, “The Lady From the Front Row – “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time” by Mark Haddon
  • Lynn Macaulay, Initiative Coordinator with the Homelessness & Housing Umbrella Group (HHUG) – “The Break” by Katherena Vermette
  • Lori Campbell, University of Waterloo Aboriginal Education Centre – “Halfbreed” by Maria Campbell
  • R.J. Johnston, 98.5 CKWR – “Mythos : the Greek myths retold” by Stephen Fry
  • Bashar Jabbour, Spoken Word Poet – “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi
  • Pam Patel, MT Space – “The Marrow Thieves” by Cherie Dimaline
  • Matt White, Green Light Arts – “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers

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!