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Link to Author Message on The News of the World

Although, One Book, One Community of Monroe County will not be able to bring in the author this year, some great programs are being planned to complement the book choice, including Scott Zesch, author of narrative history The Captured: A True Story of Abduction by Indians on the Texas Frontier.  A Dallas Morning News article listed The Capture as one of the top ten Texas books of all time. True West Magazine listed it as one of the books “you absolutely must have in your western history library.” The Washington Post Book World called it “a compelling tale of desperate life on the frontier.”  Community members can meet Scott Zesch on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at a community talk and book signing at the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center.

The One Book, One Community of Monroe County 2019 Companion Read selected for teen readers is The Ransom of Mercy Carter by Caroline B. Cooney. The elementary/middle school reader selection is The Birchbark House (Birchbark House Series #1) by Louise Erdrich and the picture book selection is The Girl Who Loved Wild Horses by Paul Goble.

OBOCLogoThere will be a series of community events planned around the themes in News of the World by Paulette Jiles.  The full slate of One Book, One Community of Monroe County events runs from March 11 to April 6, 2019.  All events are free to the community. Watch the Monroe News newspaper and this website for more details about the books selected and to follow the various events as they develop.

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2019 Friends of One Book, One Community of Monroe County

Victor and Bonnie Bellestri
Janel and Peter Boss
Lisa Brakel
Jack Burns
Ronald Campbell
Valerie Culler
Timothy Dillon
Bonnie Finzel-Doster
Ann Gerweck
Mary K. Hamilton
Beverly Hammerstrom
Crystal Heft
John Holladay
Jack and Cheryl Johnston
Terri Kovach and Donald Benore
Kimberly Lemanksi
Kenneth and Susan Miller
Richard and Ruth Montcalm
Joshua and Sheila Myers
Carrie Nartker
Wilma Nartker
Ann Orwin
John and Marilyn Raymond
Stephen and Rachelle Reed
Patricia Sager
Patricia Schooley
Robert Sieb
Michelle Toll
Lela Wadlin and Roger Olson
Richard and Rosemarie Walker
Cindy Yonovich
Mulvinhill Younglove