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Author Event - "The Stills" by Jess Montgomery

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
The Stills
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With compassion and insight, Jess Montgomery weaves a gripping mystery and portrait of community in The Stills, the powerful third novel in the Kinship series.

Ohio, 1927: Moonshining is a way of life in rural Bronwyn County, and even the otherwise upstanding Sheriff Lily Ross has been known to turn a blind eye when it comes to stills in the area. But when thirteen-year-old Jebediah Ranklin almost dies after drinking tainted moonshine, Lily knows that someone has gone too far, and―with the help of organizer and moonshiner Marvena Whitcomb―is determined to find out who.

But then, Lily’s nemesis, the businessman George Vogel, reappears in town with his new wife, Fiona. Along with them is also her former brother-in-law Luther Ross, now an agent for the newly formed Bureau of Prohibition. To Lily, it seems too much of a coincidence that they should arrive now.

As fall turns to winter, a blizzard closes in. Lily starts to peel back the layers of deception shrouding the town of Kinship, but soon she discovers that many around her seem to be betraying those they hold dear―and that Fiona too may have an agenda of her own.

Jess Montgomery is the author of the Kinship Historical Mysteries. Under her given name, she is a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News.

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Books:
THE STILLS (coming in hardcover, ebook, audio March 9, 2021)
THE HOLLOWS (available now in all formats)
THE WIDOWS (available now in all formats)

The event is free but registration is required to receive a Webex invitation. Please contact Debe Dockins (937-610-4429) or ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us with any questions. A link to purchase the book is in the registration confirmation. 



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Literary Shorts - The Eyes Have It

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Literary Shorts
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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 Eyes Have It (1953) by Philip K. Dick. A little whimsy, now and then, makes for good balance. Theoretically, you could find this type of humor anywhere. But only a topflight science-fictionist, we thought, could have written this story, in just this way … Nobody blends satire and science fiction like renowned luminary of the genre Philip K. Dick. This short but utterly memorable tale tells the story of a man who is utterly convinced that the world is being overrun by aliens. Is he correct, or wildly off-base?

Please email or phone Debe Dockins (ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us or 937-610-4429) for a Webex invitation and text to the story.  
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Page Turners/Book Ends - Virtual Book Discussion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Hidden Valley Road
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Join us for an online discussion of Hidden Valley Road: Inside the Mind of an American Family (2020-Nonfiction/Biography) by Robert Kolker. (400 pages) Average rating 4.1/5 (41,143 ratings) on Goodreads. 

The heartrending story of a midcentury American family with twelve children, six of them diagnosed with schizophrenia, that became science's great hope in the quest to understand the disease.

Copies of the book are available in mid-February by visiting the front desk or via Curbside Hold Pickup at either Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. 
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Author Event: Chuck Gabringer: Hockey in Dayton

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Author Event
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Join us for a virtual presentation of Hockey in Dayton: Images in Sports with author Chuck Gabringer. 

In the 1950s, crowds that equaled half the city of Troy's population filled the newly constructed 3,900-seat Hobart Arena to watch the area's first hockey team, the Troy Bruins, take the ice. In the 1960s and 1970s, fans packed one of hockey's great "barns," Hara Arena, to watch the Dayton Gems become one of the more well-known and successful franchises in all of professional hockey. In the 1990s and 2000s, it was the Dayton Bombers that reignited the area's love for hockey. Hockey in Dayton tells the story of the teams, players, people, and events that have permanently frozen hockey's place in the history of Dayton area sports.

Chuck Gabringer is a Dayton hockey historian and lifelong resident of the city. His family's ties to hockey date back to the beginning of the Dayton Gems in 1964. He was a member of the Dayton Hockey Hall of Fame election committee and one of the organizers of the Lefty McFadden College Hockey Invitational, which took place at the Ervin J. Nutter Center from 2002 to 2007.

This virtual program is free but requires a Webex invitation. Please register and you will be sent one. If you have any questions, please contact Debe at 937-610-4429. 
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My Favorite Poem Project

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Write!
Online
April is National Poetry Month. What better way to become acquainted with this genre than with a virtual poetry program with pre-invited readers including published poets, community leaders, students, and educators? Readers and poets include Kathy B. Austin, Steve Broidy, Grace Curtis, Barbara Dennison, David Lee Garrison, Betsy Hughes, Hania Itawi, Herbert Woodward Martin, Mark Metzger, Erica Manto Paulson, and Tiffany Shaw-Diaz.  Humorous, sad, whimsical, short, or long, we will have them. There will be an opportunity to purchase poets' collections, if you wish. Prepare to be inspired!

Please email or phone Debe Dockins (ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us or 937-610-4429) for a Webex invitation.
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Booked for Lunch

11:30 AM - 12:30 PM
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Join us via web conference to discuss Harry Truman’s Excellent Adventure: The True Story of a Great American Road Trip by Matthew Algeo.  Copies of the book are available at the Woodbourne Library.  Contact Gregg McCullough to receive the web conference information.

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Registration begins 3/11/2021 at 8:00 AM

Literary Shorts - Eve's Diary

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Literary Shorts
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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 "Eve's Diary" (1906) by Mark Twain. It is one of Twain's best stories, in which he addresses gender equity issues, using his iconic wit and satire. It is written in the style of a diary kept by the first woman in the Judeao-Christian creation myth, Eve, and is claimed to be "translated from the original." 

Please email or phone Debe Dockins (ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us or 937-610-4429) for a Webex invitation and text to the story.  
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Registration begins 3/15/2021 at 8:00 AM

Page Turners/Book Ends - Virtual Book Discussion

2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
City of Thieves
Online
Join us for an online discussion of City of Thieves (2008-Historical Fiction) by David Benioff. (258 pages) Average rating 4.26/5 (122,236 ratings) on Goodreads. 

From the critically acclaimed author of The 25th Hour and When the Nines Roll Over and co-creator of the HBO series Game of Thrones, a captivating novel about war, courage, survival — and a remarkable friendship that ripples across a lifetime.

During the Nazis’ brutal siege of Leningrad, Lev Beniov is arrested for looting and thrown into the same cell as a handsome deserter named Kolya. Instead of being executed, Lev and Kolya are given a shot at saving their own lives by complying with an outrageous directive: secure a dozen eggs for a powerful Soviet colonel to use in his daughter’s wedding cake. In a city cut off from all supplies and suffering unbelievable deprivation, Lev and Kolya embark on a hunt through the dire lawlessness of Leningrad and behind enemy lines to find the impossible.

By turns insightful and funny, thrilling and terrifying, the New York Times bestseller City of Thieves is a gripping, cinematic World War II adventure and an intimate coming-of-age story with an utterly contemporary feel for how boys become men.

Copies of the book are available in mid-March by visiting the front desk or via Curbside Hold Pickup at either Library. If wishing to pick up at Centerville, please contact ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. 
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Author Event - Christina Consolino with "Rewrite the Stars"

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Rewrite the Stars
Online
Local author Christina Consolino debuts her novel Rewrite the Stars which is set in Kettering, Ohio. Here's a description: Mom-of-three Sadie Rollins-Lancaster struggles with a crumbling marriage she had hoped to salvage. Though her husband, Theo, initiated the divorce, he's now having a change of heart that's difficult to reconcile as he fights against PTSD demons within. When a chance encounter with a stranger resurrects emotions in Sadie she never expected to feel again, her world is turned upside down. Will Sadie find the courage to shape her own future? Will Theo resolve his internal struggles and win Sadie back? Rewrite the Stars is an honest, moving portrayal of life and love that reminds us how much of our happiness lies within our own grasp.

Christina Consolino is a writer and editor whose work has appeared in multiple online and print outlets. Her debut novel, Rewrite the Stars, was named one of ten finalists for the Ohio Writers' Association Great Novel Contest 2020. She serves as senior editor at the online journal Literary Mama, freelance edits both fiction and nonfiction, and teaches writing classes at Word's Worth Writing Center. Christina lives in Kettering, Ohio, with her family and pets.

The event is free but registration is required to receive a Webex invitation. Please contact Debe Dockins (937-610-4429) or ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us with any questions. A link to purchase the book is in the registration confirmation. 

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Registration begins 3/17/2021 at 8:00 AM

"Let's Get Graphic!" (Comic Books and Graphic Novels for Adults) with Stephanie Bange

7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
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These are not the same type of pulp fiction that was being read when you were a kid or the comic strips you read in today's newspapers. Learn the difference between comic books and graphic novels, hear about some "classic" titles and major publishers as we explore today's world of this genre, and explore them by reading one in the near future!  You will walk away with lists of major graphic novel publishers, classic titles, suggested graphic novels to read, and books and websites to learn more. This virtual program is free, but registration is needed to receive the Webex invitation. Please contact Debe Dockins at 937-610-4429 or ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us if you have any questions. 
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Registration begins 4/1/2021 at 8:00 AM

Great Expectations

1:00 PM - 2:00 PM
Online
Great Expectations: New Releases Preview Review will help you get the inside scoop on forthcoming June to August titles from various publishers in various genres. Attendees will have the opportunity to place holds on upcoming bestsellers, literary, science, domestic, and historical fiction, as well as nonfiction, mysteries and thrillers. There will be a raffle for a goody-packed swag bag. This program is free, but requires registration. Registrants will receive a Webex invitation a day prior to the event. If you have questions, please contact Debe at ddockins@wcpl.lib.oh.us. 
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