One Book Lambton returns with new selection for 2021-2022

One Book Lambton 2021-2022 selection. October 2021. (Photo courtesy of Lambton County Library).

A memoir that details instances of domestic abuse, racism, and homelessness are detailed in the latest selection for One Book Lambton.

The initiative, held in partnership with Lambton County Library and The Book Keeper, chose My Mother’s Daughter by Perdita Felicien as the 2021-2022 feature book.

“This is [Felicien’s] first book. It’s a memoir about her and her mother’s story about beating the odds, overcoming life’s challenges together,” said Public Services Coordinator Andrea Basra. “Really, the first half of the book is about her mother, Catherine’s story. So you wouldn’t even really know it was kind of an autobiography about [Felicien] and her accomplishments because it really does focus on how she got to where she was through her mother.”

Felicien is best known for her athletic and broadcasting accomplishments. She won gold in the 100-metre hurdles at the 2003 World Championships and hosted CBC’s Tokyo Today coverage during the most recent Olympic Games.

Basra said this intergenerational story may resonate with local residents.

“When we’re picking One Book Lambton books, we’re looking for titles that will reach or touch as many people as possible,” she said.

One Book Lambton launched in 2019-2020 with Wab Kinew The Reason You Walk.

“For our first title, it was wonderfully successful. We had over 750 books either loaned out, given out, or sold through The Book Keeper,” said Basra. “We had a few events done before we had to shut everything down due to COVID.”

The 2020-2021 One Book selection was Every Step She Takes by K.L Armstrong. Events associated with the selection were held virtually.

During the fall and holiday season, residents are encouraged to read My Mother’s Daughter before the author comes to the area. Felicien is expected to discuss her book at an Author Talk on April 22, 2022.

“I really hope that everyone gets the opportunity to read the book, whether they buy a copy or come check it out at any of our 25 branches. We also have a lot of ebooks and eaudio versions available,” said Basra.

Further details on how to get a copy of My Mother’s Daughter can be found online by clicking, here.