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Writers Workshop: "Voice" with Katrina Kittle

6:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Whether we’re writing in first person or third, it’s vital for our characters to have distinctive voices. Even if you’re writing with an omniscient narrator, eventually there will be dialogue and when your characters talk, they should sound like individual people. We’ll use this session to discuss what makes up a voice, look at examples of strong character voices in published work, and delve into exercises designed to help you create those individual voices in your own work.

Katrina Kittle is the author of Traveling LightTwo Truths and a LieThe Kindness of Strangers (winner of the 2006 Great Lakes Book Award for Fiction), The Blessings of the Animals, and Reasons to Be Happy. She teaches creative writing workshops through Word’s Worth Writing Connections, focusing on craft and motivation (and is especially good at jumpstarting stalled writers). She is a public speaker, most often leading her “Leap and the Net Will Appear” and “Happy Class” workshops. She has been on faculty for the Antioch Writers' Workshop, the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop, the Chicago Writers Association Conference, The Writer's Digest Novel Writing Conference, and the Writer's Block Conference in Louisville. She is currently a Lecturer in Creative Writing at the University of Dayton.  Katrina has a thing for goats, gardening, and going barefoot; and is addicted to coffee, pedicures, and movies. She is on Instagram and Twitter @katrinakittle. Find out more at www.katrinakittle.com and www.facebook.com/KatrinaKittleAuthor
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Author Event: Martin Gottlieb with "Lincoln's Northern Nemesis"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Lincoln's Northern Nemesis
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join local author Martin Gottlieb as he discusses his book Lincoln's Northern Nemesis: The War Opposition and Exile of Ohio's Clement Vallandigham (2021-Nonfiction).

Clement Vallandigham, the congressman from Dayton when the Civil War broke out, opposed the war and abolition. He was arrested by the army for his views and ultimately thrown out of the country on order of Abraham Lincoln. That made Vallandigham a martyr to his cause, and he was nominated for governor by the Democratic Party in 1863. He ran the race from exile. The banishment and race from exile are unique events in American history. The stakes in this colorful campaign were enormous, and Lincoln was highly involved, worrying that a Vallandigham victory would be seen as a rejection of the war by voters. It also would likely have made Vallandigham a presidential prospect. 

The program is free, but registration is required to ensure adequate seating. Books will be available for sale. 

Martin Gottlieb is a retired journalist. He was a columnist and editorial writer for the Dayton Daily News for 27 years. He wrote about local, statewide, national and international events, everything from Dayton’s effort to land a minor league baseball team, to the statewide redistricting issues that continue to this day, to presidential elections, to the Bosnia peace talks in Dayton and their aftermath. He traveled to 16 countries for the paper. He was perhaps best known for his columns about predicting the outcomes of elections with the system of Professor Allan Lichtman. He eventually wrote a book on that subject called Campaigns Don’t Count: How the Media Get American Politics All Wrong
 
For a time, his column was distributed nationally and internationally by the New York Times News Service, which picked it up from the Cox News Service. (The Dayton paper is own by Cox.) His column made appearances in at least 100 newspapers. He was honored by the Ohio Society of Professional Journalists as Best Columnist in Ohio and Best in Show. He retired in 2011. 

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Literary Shorts (Virtual) - Two Shorts by Raymond Carver

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Literary Shorts
Online
A short story is a piece of fiction designed to be read in one sitting. It is perfect for people who love to read but do not have a lot of time -- simply satisfying and, typically, between 5K and 10K words.

Join us for a discussion of "Cathedral" and "So Much Water So Close to Home" by Raymond Carver.

Please register for a Zoom invitation link and text file of the story or contact Debe Dockins - ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us.  
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Page Turners - Lady in Waiting

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Lady in Waiting
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown (2020-Memoir). (4.07/5 of 3,398 ratings on Goodreads) 326 pp. 

*Starred Review* Glenconnor has led a fascinating life, filled with soaring highs (maid of honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation) and rather pedestrian lows (a traveling salesperson, hawking her mother's pottery). As lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret from 1971 until the princess' death in 2002, Glenconner embodied everything anyone could want in a companion: loyalty, dedication, tact, and a great sense of humor. She accompanied Ma'am around the world, to royal balls, receptions, and diplomatic functions. But despite her glamorous public persona, Glenconner's personal life was filled with loss. She married a philandering aristocrat known for his violent temper, lost one son to AIDS and another to drugs, and nursed a third through a life-changing traumatic brain injury. Her wildly unpredictable husband bought Mustique, a mosquito-infested island, and turned it into a private playground for the rich and famous (as seen in season three of The Crown). Whether describing scenes of delicacy or debauchery, these insider accounts are fascinating. Glenconner is unfailingly perceptive, honest, and amazingly down-to-earth, a survivor who embodies the British trait of getting on with it. A definite thrill for royal watchers and fans of Downton Abbey, this entertaining peek behind the royal curtain should attract a wide audience. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
 
Copies of the book will be distributed at the June meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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Book Ends - Lady in Waiting

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Lady in Waiting
Centerville Library
Conference Room
Join us for a discussion of Lady in Waiting: My Extraordinary Life in the Shadow of the Crown (2020-Memoir). (4.07/5 of 3,398 ratings on Goodreads) 326 pp. 

*Starred Review* Glenconnor has led a fascinating life, filled with soaring highs (maid of honor at Queen Elizabeth's coronation) and rather pedestrian lows (a traveling salesperson, hawking her mother's pottery). As lady-in-waiting to Princess Margaret from 1971 until the princess' death in 2002, Glenconner embodied everything anyone could want in a companion: loyalty, dedication, tact, and a great sense of humor. She accompanied Ma'am around the world, to royal balls, receptions, and diplomatic functions. But despite her glamorous public persona, Glenconner's personal life was filled with loss. She married a philandering aristocrat known for his violent temper, lost one son to AIDS and another to drugs, and nursed a third through a life-changing traumatic brain injury. Her wildly unpredictable husband bought Mustique, a mosquito-infested island, and turned it into a private playground for the rich and famous (as seen in season three of The Crown). Whether describing scenes of delicacy or debauchery, these insider accounts are fascinating. Glenconner is unfailingly perceptive, honest, and amazingly down-to-earth, a survivor who embodies the British trait of getting on with it. A definite thrill for royal watchers and fans of Downton Abbey, this entertaining peek behind the royal curtain should attract a wide audience. Copyright 2020 Booklist Reviews.
 
Copies of the book will be distributed at the June meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie

7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join David Nolin, author of Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie, as he speaks on the history and restoration of a 114 acre section of the Wright Brothers' testing ground back to its near-original state.  Copies of Discovery and Renewal on Huffman Prairie will be available for purchase.

This program is presented by the Washington-Centerville Public Library and the Centerville-Washington Park District. 

Masks are now optional at in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled.
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Author Event: Brook Cupps with "Surrender the Outcome"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Surrender the Outcome
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
We welcome local author Brook Cupps with his book Surrender the Outcome: The Path to an Impactful Life of Coaching, Leading, and Living (2021-Leadership Fable). 

Mick is your typical coach: focused on winning the next game while appearing to maintain complete control of his team. Through many failures and much self-reflection, Mick discovers a better way to gauge success-on the court and in life. Mick's journey towards his own definition of success leads him to the realization of a powerful process that: can transform the impact of all leaders regardless of their area of influence: Gain Self-Awareness, Clarify Your Purpose, Enact Courage, Build Your Personal Standards, Surrender the Outcome empowers you to live an intentional life that magnifies your impact on all those around you.

The program is free, but registration is advised to ensure adequate seating. Books will be available for sale. 

Brook Cupps is a leadership teacher and the coach of the Centerville High School Boys basketball team. In 2021, he led his team to the first state championship in school history. He is best known as a leader who truly lives his core values. They are: Tough, Passionate, Unified, & Thankful.
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Registration begins 7/15/2022 at 8:00 AM

Literary Shorts (Virtual) - Two Shorts by Roald Dahl

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Literary Shorts
Online
A short story is a piece of fiction designed to be read in one sitting. It is perfect for people who love to read but do not have a lot of time -- simply satisfying and, typically, between 5K and 10K words.

Join us for a discussion of "The Landlady" and "Man from the South" by Roald Dahl.

Please register for a Zoom invitation link and text file of the story or contact Debe Dockins - ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us.  
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Page Turners - Bewilderment

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Bewilderment
Woodbourne Library
Community Room
Join us for a discussion of Bewilderment (2021-Science Fiction) by Richard Powers. (3.97/5 of 3,398 ratings on Goodreads) 278 pp. 

After the death of his wife, astrobiologist Theo Byrne struggles to raise seesawing nine-year-old son Robin, who thoughtfully paints picture of endangered species but recently clobbered a friend in the face and may be expelled from school. Theo wants to avoid putting Robin on psychoactive drugs, instead pursuing an experimental neurofeedback treatment involving use of the recorded patterns of his mother's brain. Pulitzer Prize winner Powers again considers our place in this imperiled world, addressing how we help our children.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the July meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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Book Ends - Bewilderment

6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Bewilderment
Centerville Library
Conference Room
Join us for a discussion of Bewilderment (2021-Science Fiction) by Richard Powers. (3.97/5 of 3,398 ratings on Goodreads) 278 pp. 

After the death of his wife, astrobiologist Theo Byrne struggles to raise seesawing nine-year-old son Robin, who thoughtfully paints picture of endangered species but recently clobbered a friend in the face and may be expelled from school. Theo wants to avoid putting Robin on psychoactive drugs, instead pursuing an experimental neurofeedback treatment involving use of the recorded patterns of his mother's brain. Pulitzer Prize winner Powers again considers our place in this imperiled world, addressing how we help our children.

Copies of the book will be distributed at the July meeting and, afterward, are available by visiting the front desk at either Centerville or Woodbourne Library. The title is available in regular print, large print, eBook, and eAudiobook. No registration is necessary, but participants are encouraged to read the book prior to attending the discussion. 

Per CDC guidelines, masks are now optional for in-person library programs held indoors. Please do not participate if you feel ill or are exhibiting COVID-19 symptoms. If conditions warrant, programs may be offered virtually or cancelled. 
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