We extend our hearty thanks to our customers who so generously donated books to our book drive for Project READ. There were hundreds of books donated, maybe even a thousand! We'll let you know the exact number when we finish counting them. The books will each find a good home with people who will love, cherish, and appreciate them. For some, it will be a life-changing experience. Thank you again for helping out!
Project READ is a local literacy organization that provides reading tutors and books to children and adults who need to develop or improve their reading skills.
It's time to vote for the 2017 Big Read book! There are four choices for your consideration:
Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande (Nonfiction). This explores end of life issues.
Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (Memoir). Coates sums up the history of black people in the United States.
The Wright Brothers by David McCullough (Biography). This tells the story of two Dayton brothers, Wilbur and Orville Wright, who invented the airplane.
Lock In by John Scalzi (Science Fiction). This is about a murder investigation that becomes something much more.
There are ballots at area libraries, Books&Co., and on-line at www.bigread.org. You can't go wrong on your selection. All the books are worthy and have much to discuss.
Looking ahead, here are some of the upcoming events we have planned for you at books&co.:
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 13; 7 PM - MARGARET PETERSON HADDIX, author of Children of Exile
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21; 7 PM - RIDLEY PEARSON, author of Lock and Key: The Initiation
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 22; 7 PM - KEVIN SANDS, author of Mark of the Plague, and JAMES PONTI, author of Framed
SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 25; 2 PM - KYLE KONDIK, author of The Bellwether: Why Ohio Picks the President
MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 26; 7 PM - RICHARD PAUL EVANS, author of Michael Vey #6; Fall of Hades
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 28; 7 PM - TONE ALMHJELL, author of Thornghost
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 1; 2 PM - LORIE LANGDON & CAREY CORP will introduce Forever Doon
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 4; 7 PM - KRISTEN SIMMONS will introduce her YA novel Metaltown
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 7; 7 PM - LAURIE HALSE ANDERSON will introduce her children's novel, Ashes
SATURDAY, OCTOBER 8; 2 PM - DAVID SIBLEY will introduce Sibley Birds East and Sibley Birds West. At 1:30 pm TOM HISSONG will give a PowerPoint presentation about birds we see in the Miami Valley.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13; 6:30 PM - CHRIS GRABENSTEIN will introduce his new children's book, Welcome to Wonderland.
MONDAY, OCTOBER 24; 7 PM - HARRY HASKELL will introduce Maiden Flight,> the story of Katharine Wright and her marriage to Henry Haskell that caused a rift with her brother Orville.
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 27; 4 PM - NICK BRUEL will introduce his new children's book, Bad Kitty Scaredy Cat
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28; 7 PM - STUART WOODS will introduce Sex, Lies, and Serious Money
That's quite a line-up of guests. We hope you can come visit with them. Authors always rave about how welcoming, fun, and smart our customers are. We agree!
Thank you for being our customers.
Sharon Kelly Roth
Director, Public Relations