Balloting will begin Nov. 14 for Clinton County Reads 2017, the annual county-wide reading program that is entering its 13th year.
Each fall season, 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 2018 ballot are: “The Handmaid’s Tale,” by Margaret Atwood; “A Mother’s Reckoning,” by Sue Klebold and Andres Solomon; “The Hate U Give,” by Angie Thomas; and “The Underground Railroad,” by Colson Whitehead.
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.
“The books on this year’s ballot are each strong literary contenders and include contemporary and historical concerns of our community and our country,” said Nancy Ehas, director of the Wilmington Public Library and chair of the Clinton County Reads Steering Committee.
“The four top books include a 2017 Pulitzer winner, a Man Booker Prize winner, multiple New York Times bestsellers, and the written inspiration for a TV series that recently won eight Primetime Emmys.”
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 2018 book discussions and other activities will begin in March.