One Book/One Conference

What is One Book/One Conference?

One Book/One Conference is a program in which a Canadian novel is selected to encourage reading and discussion.

This program not only advocates a community of reading throughout the CLAO membership but it also promotes numerous Christian Canadian novels with a variety of genres.

CLAO has decided to implement the One Book / One Conference theme into the annual fall conference in order to give members time to read and review novels by Canadian authors.

One Book / One Conference 2009

Throughout the spring and summer of 2009, CLAO members submitted their nominations to the CLAO President Alison McCullough. Once all the nominations were in,  a committee selected the novel based on those nominations.  At the CLAO 2009 Fall Conference a special One Book/One Conference workshop was organized where CLAO Conference attendees could participate in a book club discussion based on the novel chosen.

The winner of the 2009 One Book / One Conference event was Hot Apple Cider, edited by N. J. Lindquist and Wendy Nelles.

Hot Apple Cider is the Canadian Christian equivalent of the Chicken Soup series of books. It has received national and international attention, being featured on Huntley Street and widely reviewed. Thirty authors committed to the project, and bestselling Canadian author Janette Oke agreed to write the foreword. It is a mix of true stories, devotionals, and fiction stories.

One Book / One Conference 2010

The nominations have begun! You keep reading and we’ll keep you posted!



  1. The Book of Negroes by Lawrence Hill.
    Beautifully written, heartrending. This book was recommended to me by so many people that I finally bought and read the book and passing it around family and friends.
    We are fortunate to have writers of this calibre in Canada.

    • Hi Kay,
      Would you put it in your church library?

      • Responding to your Aug 22 question. Just found it!
        Yes I have put iThe Book of Negroes in the church library, along with William Wilberforce: A Hero for Humanity by Kevin Belmonte, about the abolition of slavery.
        I reviewed both books together and people who read the one book then read the other.

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