Balloting has begun for Clinton County Reads 2020, the annual county-wide reading program that is entering its 15th year.
Each fall season, the community votes for a book for our county to read together. The voting will last until Dec. 18, 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, related programs, and a closing dinner.
Titles appearing on the 2020 ballot are: “American Fire,” by Monica Hesse; “Finding Dorothy,” by Elizabeth Letts; “Inheritance,” by Dani Shapiro; “The Line Becomes a River,” by Francisco Cantu; and “Parable of the Sower,” by Octavia Butler.
Brief descriptions of the books appear on the ballot, printed here in the News Journal. Participants are encouraged to vote based solely on interest in a book — reading each book before voting is not necessary.
“Every year, the committee strives to form a ballot that features well-written titles covering a variety of topics of interest in this area. Once again, I think all of these titles would spur interesting programs and discussions for Clinton County readers,” 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 or dropped off at 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 ClintonCountyReads@yahoo.com or through the Clinton County Reads Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ClintonCoReads.
Clinton County Reads 2020 book discussions and other activities will begin in March, with the culminating dinner scheduled for April 23 at the General Denver.