One Book, One Community (OBOC) is a new event in Athabasca designed to encourage people to all read the same book and then come together to discuss it, meet the author and participate in a program of related events. One Book One Community supports reading, celebrates books and writing, promotes Canadian authors, and builds a sense of community through the shared experience of reading. OBOC is run by the One Book, One Community Committee which consists of local book club members, library staff, and members of community betterment groups.
In Watershed, water is now the most precious resource in Alberta. With the glaciers gone, the province's oil and gas pipelines are being converted to water pipelines. Tensions are high as "water terrorists" threaten to violently cut off the water supply. Against this precarious backdrop, Willa desperately tries to keep her family's failing goat farm afloat. But when her son, Daniel, goes to work for the water corporation whose high-priced commodity is putting the farm out of business, Willa is stunned. A string of betrayals fractures the family, potentially beyond repair. Willa feels herself losing everything that she values most — her farm, her son, her past, even her very grip on reality. Is there any way to put the pieces back together?
Doreen is a Calgary-based writer, storyteller and musician. As a storyteller/musician, Doreen performs for audiences of all ages at schools, libraries, festivals, conferences and more. She leads workshops to ignite in others a passion for the power of story — oral and written. Watershed is Doreen’s debut novel. Doreen's short fiction has appeared in Prairie Fire Magazine and online at Montreal Serai, prairiejournal.org, epiphmag.com, and Alexandra Writers' Centre, among others. Doreen's first novel, Watershed, was published by Freehand Books and released on May 1, 2020. Doreen is a member of Alexandra Writers Centre Society, Writers' Guild of Alberta and the Canadian Authors Association.