Balloting will begin Nov. 1 for Clinton County Reads 2017, the annual county-wide reading program entering its 12th year.
Each autumn, the community votes for a book for our county to read together. The voting will last until Dec. 14, 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 2017 ballot are “Black Flags: The Rise of ISIS,” by Joby Warrick; “Girl Waits with Gun,” by Amy Stewart; “Just Mercy,” by Bryan Stevenson; “The Tortilla Curtain,” by T.C. Boyle; and “When Breath Becomes Air,” by Paul Kalanithi.
Brief descriptions of the books appear on the ballot, printed here in the News Journal. Feel free to vote based on interest in a book — reading each book before voting is not necessary.
“This year’s ballot covers a wide variety of topics, from global terrorism to the personal end of a young life, all by gifted authors,” said Nancy Ehas, director of the Wilmington Public Library and chair of the Clinton County Reads Steering Committee. “The committee winnowed down a long list of suggested books to a solid short list. The five top books include a 2016 Pulitzer winner, a winner of the Carnegie Medal, and a No. 1 New York Times Bestseller.”
Ballots from the newspaper can be mailed to 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 2017 book discussions and other activities will begin in March.