Ohio author, Ryan Ireland will present his debut novel, Beyond the Horizon. Beyond the Horizon is both a fabled rewritten history of the American West and a critical metaphor of American expansionist period. In frontier America, a man lives with a pregnant woman who is not his wife. One day a stranger appears and advises the man to formally register the baby as his own at a military outpost. Setting out on a lonely journey across an arid and hostile terrain, the man leaves the woman in the care of the stranger. Soon after he departs, the stranger kills the woman and her unborn child and then sets off in pursuit of the man. Ireland will be on hand to present his work, talk about his process, and do a signing. Books will be available for purchase at the event.
The Oakwood Historical Society in partnership with the Library is pleased to present another edition of the Far Hills Speaker Series- Boulders, Bedrock, and Brewing Water: How Local Geology has Influenced the History of Oakwood and the Surrounding Area. This presentation addresses the bedrock geology of this area and its use in Oakwood, local quarrying history and its link to the DL&C Railroad, Rubicon Creek, the 1913 Flood, the glacial geology of this area, the significance of local ground and surface water, and how these geologic topics relate to some of the people, places, and things that are part of Oakwood's history.
Dr. David Schmidt will present this interesting history. Schmidt is the Director of Undergraduate Programs in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Wright State University.
Join Andrew Slade, Associate Professor and Chair of the English Department at the University of Dayton for a monthly reading and discussion of a Dayton Literary Peace Prize winner or finalist. Discussion will go beyond plot summary and reader response to include those kinds of insights that literary critics can help draw out of books and readers. Don’t miss this opportunity to study some of the most important books being written today on the subject of peace and human conflict.
The Dayton Literary Peace Prize is an international literary award given annually since 2006 to one novel and one non-fiction book which promote an understanding of other cultures, peoples, religions, and political points of view. The Ambassador Richard C. Holbrooke Distinguished Achievement Award is given annually to an author with a body of work which promotes peace. These prestigious prizes – truly crown jewels of the Gem City - recognize literary excellence and the power of the written word to educate, empower and change lives.
Tuesday April 7th – The Thing around Your Neck by Chimamanda Adichie
Tuesday May 5th – Beneath the Lion’s Gaze by Maaze Mengiste