Free Community Book Club

Members of the community are invited to participate in One Book, One Community, a free community book club hosted by The Ohio State University at Newark and Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) in partnership with the public library systems of Licking County.

This year’s book selection is The Second Life of Mirielle West by acclaimed author Amanda Skenandore, whom participants will have the opportunity to meet at a book discussion and signing on Oct. 22. 

One Book, One Community is made possible through the Melissa Warner Bow endowed fund.

About the Book

In The Second Life of Mirielle West, the glamorous world of a silent film star’s wife abruptly crumbles when she’s forcibly quarantined at the Carville Lepers Home. This page-turning story of courage, resilience and reinvention is set in 1920s Louisiana and Los Angeles. Amanda Skenandore is a historical fiction writer, registered nurse and the winner of the American Library Association's RUSA Reading List for Best Historical Fiction Novel of the Year. 

Get Your Copy

Complimentary copies of the book are available to the first 100 registrants. Books may be picked up at the Warner Library or any of the public libraries in Licking County. A limited number of free e-books and e-audio books are also available to download through any of the public libraries in Licking County.

Author Discussion and Book Signing

Meet the author for a discussion and book signing on Sunday, Oct. 22, from 2-4 p.m. in the Ohio State Newark/COTC John L. and Christine Warner Library and Student Center, 1219 University Drive, Newark. Register to attend by contacting Laura Walsh at 740.364.9514 or or in person at any public library in Licking County.