Voting is underway for the 15th annual Clinton County Reads.
The 2020 edition of the county-wide reading program features a list of five titles from which to choose.
The nominated titles are American Fire: Love, Arson, and Life in a Vanishing Land
by Monica Hesse; Finding Dorothy: A Novel
by Elizabeth Letts; Inheritance: A Memoir of Genealogy, Paternity, and Love
by Dani Shapiro; The Line Becomes a River: Dispatches From the Border
by Francisco Cantu; and Parable of the Sower
by Octavia Butler.
The ballot will be published periodically in the Wilmington News-Journal and also is available at all three public libraries in Clinton County. You also may vote by sending the title of your selection to
or visiting the event's Facebook page. Votes must be cast by Dec. 18.
Clinton County Reads is a month-long event beginning in mid-March that invites the entire county to read one book and attend various programs and book discussions in order to bring everyone closer together.
Here is a brief summary of each of the books on the 2020 ballot:
by Monica Hesse — A reporter documents the trial of a man charged with dozens of counts of arson in rural Virginia, illuminating the perpetrator's struggles with addiction, his relationship with his accomplice girlfriend, and the impact of the fires.
by Elizabeth Letts — Reimagines the story behind the creation of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
from the perspective of L. Frank Baum's wife, whose hardscrabble life on the Dakota prairie inspires her husband's masterpiece.
by Dani Shapiro — A memoir about identity, paternity, and family secrets − a real-time exploration of the staggering discovery the author made about her father and her struggle to piece together the hidden story of her own life.
The Line Becomes a River
by Francisco Cantu — A former Border Patrol agent relates his haunting experiences of an unnatural divide and the lives caught on either side, struggling to cross it or to defend it.
- Parable of the Sower
by Octavia Butler — In 2025 California, where small, walled communities must protect themselves from hordes of scavengers and addicts, a young woman suffering from hyper-empathy sets off on foot northward into the unknown.
Clinton County Reads is sponsored by the Blanchester Public Library, Sabina Public Library, and Wilmington Public Library.