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This guide will highlight the book chosen by One Book Many Communities and associated events and activities.


This guide will introduce One Book Many Communities, the chosen book for 2023, The Widows by Jess Montgomery, and associated activities and events.

One Book Many Communities


One Book, Many Communities is a reading initiative for northern Miami Valley residents. Local libraries participating each year invite you to read the book choice and participate in the programs focused on that book’s theme.

For 2023, local libraries involved invite you to read The Widows by Jess Montgomery (or any book in the Kinship series) and participate in the programs focused on themes from the books. You will find a variety of events, including an opening program at St. Paris Public Library and an exciting grand finale event with author Jess Montgomery and WYSO’s Vick Mickunas at Edison State Community College!


Jess Montgomery Author Information

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Jess Montgomery is the author of the Kinship Historical Mysteries, set in 1920s Appalachian Ohio and inspired by Ohio’s true first female sheriff.  Under her given name, she writes the “Level Up Your Writing (Life)” column for Writer’s Digest and teaches for Writer’s Digest University.  She was formerly a newspaper columnist, focusing on the literary life, authors and events of her native Dayton, Ohio for the Dayton Daily News.  She is a three-time recipient of the Individual   Excellence Award in Literary Arts from Ohio Arts Council, a two-time recipient of the Montgomery County (Ohio) Arts & Cultural District (MCAD) Artist Opportunity Grant, and has been a John E. Nance Writer in Residence at Thurber House (Columbus, Ohio).



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Edison State Theater: Wednesday, April 19th • 5:30 p.m. Meet and Greet and Book Signing with the author, Jess Montgomery

                                          • 7:00 p.m. Author Book Discussion and Interview                                                   

Vick Mickunas, host of WYSO’s Book Nook, will lead a discussion with the author, Jess Montgomery, about her book, The Widows. There will be time for Q&A from the audience and also from submitted questions from participating libraries. For those that can’t be at Edison State, the event will be presented as a Facebook Live stream for participating libraries. Check with your local library for details.


Events at other libraries throughout Ohio: 

May be an image of 1 person, book and text that says '$9.99 SIGNATURE DITION TUESDAY BOOK TALK MARTIN, h The Widows NOFRL Tuesday, March 21 7:00 pm BOOK Many Communities CHAMPAIGNCOUNTY LIBRARY Jess Montgomery' Champaign County Library-Book Talk-Tuesday, March 21, 2023 at 7 p.m.


May be an image of 5 people, people standing, guitar and text that says 'Lafferty Pike T Saturday, March 25th at 2 PM HOUSTON BRANCH 5 W. Jamestown St., S. Charleston (937) 462-8047 A local all- girl band, Lafferty Pike plays traditional, hard-driving Bluegrass, but with a fresh, positive attitude and lighter hand on the reins! Come and sit spell as they share the sounds of the 1920s Appalachian music. This is part of the One Book, Many Communities program. वववL PUBLIC LIBRARY' Clark County Public Library-1920's Appalachian Music with Lafferty Pike-Saturday, March 25, 2023 at 2 p.m. 


May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'The Widows NOVEL' Tipp City Public Library-Page Turners Book Club-Monday, March 27, 2023 at 7 p.m. 


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May be an image of 4 people and text that says 'TROY Û MIAMI COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY' Troy-Miami County Public Library-The Long Forgotten Women of Troy-Thursday, March 30, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. 


May be an image of 1 person and text Champaign County Library-Women of Champaign County and Beyond-Monday, April 3, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. 


May be an image of 1 person and text that says 'An Evening with Mother Jones A living history performance' Selover Public Library-And Evening with Mother Jones-Tuesday, April 4, 2023 at 6 p.m. 


May be an image of ‎5 people and ‎text that says '‎Female First Responders Panel Discussion Main Library 201S. Fountain Ave. Springfield, oH (937)328-6903 Join fora panel discussion with locak female first responders. Moderator will Karen Benton associate professor/program cooordinator criminal justice orogramming Clark Community College. ۔ One Book, Many Communities program. Saturday April 8, 2023 2:00P.M. Gaier Room Karen Benton Clark State RING Director Michelle Clements-Pitstick Clark County EMA ANDERSOM Chief Allison Elliott Springfield Police Division Deputy Melany Morton Champaig County Sheriff's Office Captain Becca Anderson SpringfieldFire Rescue Division বলোট‎'‎‎ Clark County Public Library-Female First Responders-A Panel Discussion-Saturday, April 8, 2023 at 2 p.m. 


May be an image of 1 person, dog and text that says 'MATTERS OF THE HEART: THERAPY DOGS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT Learn the benefits of Therapy Dogs within law enforcement and get an opportunity to meet "Deputy" Duke from the Champaign County, Ohio Sheriff's Office. CHAMPAIGNCOUN LIBRARY 1060 SCIOTO ST. URBAN THURS, APR 13 5:30 PM Many' Champaign County Library-Matters of the Heart: Therapy Dogs in Law Enforcement-Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. 

Edison State Library Hours: Monday to Thursday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Phone number: 937-778-7950