The events for Clinton County Reads 2016 have been set at local libraries and at the General Denver Hotel, starting mid-March and culminating April 12 with a dinner and a presentation by Dr. Lawson Wulsin entitled “The Secret Life of Secrets: What We Know and Don’t Know about How They Shape Our Lives.” Wulsin is a professor of Psychiatry and Family Medicine at the University of Cincinnati.
Copies of the 2016 Clinton County Reads choice, “Everything I Never Told You,” by Celeste Ng, are available at the event’s sponsoring locations — the Blanchester Public Library, the Sabina Public Library and its New Vienna branch, the Wilmington Public Library and its Clinton-Massie branch, and locally owned booksnmore.org.
Set in small-town Ohio in the 1970s, “Everything I Never Told You” is a moving story about secrets and longing within a Chinese-American family dealing with the loss of a teenage daughter. It has been described as “both a gripping page-turner and a sensitive family portrait, uncovering the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.”
Ng is a graduate of Harvard who grew up in an academic family in northern Ohio. The book was named as one of Amazon’s 100 best books of 2014. Reviewer Mark Lawson of the Guardian writes: “‘Everything I Never Told You’ ranks with acute novels of family psycho-pathology such as Jane Hamilton’s ‘A Map of the World’ and Laura Lippman’s ‘What the Dead Know.’ ”
Events surrounding the Clinton County Reads choice of “Everything I Never Told You,” all open to the public, are as follows:
• March 14 kickoff event and discussion at 7 p.m. at the Watson Library at Wilmington College, 1870 Quaker Way.
• March 18 discussion entitled “Bosses, Mediators, Comedians: Why Birth Order Matters,” by Theresa Rembert, at 7 p.m. at the Wilmington Public Library, 268 N. South St. Rembert is a mental health counselor in Wilmington.
• March 24 discussion at 6:30 p.m. in the genealogy room of the Sabina Public Library, 11 E. Elm St., by Jean Mulhern, former director of the Wilmington College Library, entitled “Chasing Butterflies: Finding Family, First Steps.” Mulhern will discuss new trends and strategies for finding family histories and culture.
• March 25 book discussion at 10:30 a.m. at the Sabina Public Library.
• March 31 program entitled “Crime Scene Investigation” by Detective Sgt. Bob Gates at 6 p.m. at the New Vienna Library. Gates, of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, will discuss crime scene investigation techniques.
• April 5 program at 7 p.m. at the Blanchester Public Library, 110 N. Broadway St., entitled “Writing Your First Novel: The Inside Story,” presented by T.J. Turner of Yellow Springs, author of the novel “Lincoln’s Bodyguard.”
• April 6 book discussion at 6:30 p.m. at the Wilmington Public Library.
• April 7 book discussion at 7 p.m. at the Blanchester Public Library.
• April 12 dinner will be held at 6 p.m. at the General Denver in Wilmington, 81 W. Main St. The evening will feature remarks by Dr. Lawson Wulsin. Reservations for the Chinese-American dinner are required by April 8; call 383-4141. The $15 per-person cost will include dinner, beverage, dessert, and gratuity.