Balloting has begun for Clinton County Reads 2022, the annual county-wide reading program entering its 17th year.

Each fall season, the community votes for a book for our county to read together. The voting will last until Dec. 31, and the chosen book will be announced after the first of the year.

In the spring, the Clinton County Reads steering committee will host local book discussions and related programs.

Titles appearing on the 2021 ballot are: “Hidden Valley Road,” by Robert Kolker; “Missionaries,” by Phil Klay; “The Premonition,” by Michael Lewis; “Race Against Time,” by Jerry Mitchell; and “Transcendent Kingdom,” by Yaa Gyasi.

Brief descriptions of the books appear on the ballot, printed in the News Journal. Participants are encouraged to vote based solely on interest in a book — reading each book before voting is not necessary.

“As always, the committee had a difficult time narrowing down the choices to just five, but I think we have put together a ballot filled with quality books that cover a wide array of topics. Hopefully, it will be tough for readers to choose just one,” said Chris Owens, director of the Blanchester Public Library and chair of the Clinton County Reads Steering Committee.

Ballots from the newspaper can be mailed, dropped off at, or phoned into the Blanchester Public Library, the Sabina Public Library and its New Vienna branch, and the Wilmington Public Library and its Clinton-Massie branch.

Ballots are available at all of the above locations, and readers can vote by email at [email protected], through the Clinton County Reads Facebook page at, or by calling your local library in Clinton County.

Clinton County Reads 2022 book discussions and other activities will begin in March. Some events may be virtual, depending upon situations related to the pandemic.

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