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“There are people in our lives whom we love, and lose, and unfailingly long for. They orbit our hearts like Halley’s Comet, crossing into our universe only once, or if we are lucky, twice in a lifetime.”

~ Jamie Ford, Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet                                                  



The One Book, One Community of Monroe County committee is pleased to announce the book choice for the 2018 program: Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet by award-winning author, Jamie Ford

Watch Jamie Ford’s special message to our community from the September 13th OBOC reveal, at the Ellis Library and Reference Center.

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The One Book, One Community of Monroe County 2018 companion read selected for elementary/middle school readers is Paper Wishes by Lois Sepahban. The teen reader selections are American Born Chinese (Graphic Novel) by Gene Luen Yang and Under the Blood Red Sun by Graham Salisbury.


Community members can meet Jamie Ford on Thursday, March 22, 2018 at a community talk and book signing at the Monroe County Community College La-Z-Boy Center.

There will be a series of community events planned around the themes in Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet.  The full slate of One Book, One Community of Monroe County events runs from March 12 to April 7, 2018.  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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Leski Insurance Agency, LLC
Siena Heights University 

Meemic Insurance

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Educational Reading Partners

Airport Community Schools
Bedford Public Schools
Monroe High School
Saint Mary Catholic Central High School

2018 Friends of One Book, One Community of Monroe County

Lisa Brakel
Jack Burns
Valeri Culler
James DeVries
Timothy Dillon
Bonnie Finzel-Doster
Friends of the Maybee Library
Globe Dental Lab
Mary K. Hamilton
Beverly Hammerstrom
John Holladay
Ida Branch Library
Jack and Cheryl Johnston
Laurel Johnston
Dr. Barnett Kantz and Carrie Nartker- Kantz
Marjorie Knabush Kreps and Roger Kreps
Terri Kovach and Donald Benore
Suzanne Krueger
Edmund La Clair
Kathy LaClair
Leski Insurance Agency
Mary Lyons
Michael Mieden
Kenneth and Susan Miller
Kevin Mitzel
Angela Mitzel
Richard Montcalm
Wilma Nartker
Ann Orwin
John and Marilyn Raymond
Patricia Schooley
Daniel Shaw
Eric and Heather Slough
Mary Steinhauser
Lloyd and Mary Strevel
Manhar Tejura
Earline Thomas
Richard and Rosemarie Walker
Lela Wadlin and Roger Olson
Cindy Yonovich
Mulvinhill Younglove