One Book, One Community of Monroe County 2018

Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet “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.

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 and Weedflower by Cynthia Kadohate. The picture book selection is Yoko's Paper Cranes by Rosemary Wells.

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.  

The Foundation at Monroe County Community College
Monroe County Community College
Monroe County Library System
Monroe Publishing Company - Monroe News

Leski Insurance Agency, LLC
Siena Heights University

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

Ronald Bedra
Nancy Bellaire
Victor and Bonnie Bellestri
Carla Berns
Gary Berns
Judy Berns
Randy Berns
Christoph Berns-Moore
Angela Blunt
Jeanette Bodiford
Lisa Brakel
Florence Buchanan
Jack Burns
Ronald Campbell
Donald Cherba
Valerie Clark
Valeri Culler
James DeVries
Thomas Didario
Timothy Dillon
Penny Dorcey
Bonnie Finzel-Doster
Marjory Goodloe
Friends of the Maybee Library
Globe Dental Lab
Mary K. Hamilton
Beverly Hammerstrom
Joyce Haver and Gerald Welch
John Holladay
Ida Branch Library
Lucille Ingels
Joanne Jackson
Jean Johnson
Jack and Cheryl Johnston
Laurel Johnston
Glori Jonkman
Wendy Kalfayan
Mark and Elizabeth Kohler
Christine Kosal
Terri Kovach and Donald Benore
Roger and Marjorie Kreps
Suzanne Krueger
Edmund La Clair
Kathy LaClair
Marsh Langendorfer
Linda Lauer
William and Michelle LaVoy
Leski Insurance Agency
Laura Loveland
Mary Lyons
Crystal Martin
Krystal Mendez
Michael Mieden
Kevin and Angela Mitzel
Kenneth and Susan Miller
Richard Montcalm
Karen Moore
Joshua and Sheila Myers
Carrie Nartker and Barnett Kantz
William McCloskey
Wilma Nartker
Patrick Nedry
Ann Orwin
Jessica Otto
Ashley Phillips
John and Marilyn Raymond
Rachel Reaume
Ronald Reddick
Amber Reed
David Reiman
Jennifer Saul
Patricia Schooley
Daniel Shaw
Richard and Marjorie Sieb
Eric and Heather Slough
Mary Steinhauser
Lloyd and Mary Strevel
Kenneth and Ann Swinkey
Mary Swinkey
Manhar Tejura
Earline Thomas
Bonnie Thompson
Paul and Tammi Van Aken
Jennifer VanDaele
William and Judy VanDaele
Lela Wadlin and Roger Olson
Richard and Rosemarie Walker
Robert and Suzanne Wetzel
Marva Woods
Grace and Timothy Yackee
Cindy Yonovich
Mulvinhill Younglove
Maria Zagorski
John and Constance Zarb

Appreciation to everyone that made our 2018 OBOC Celebrity Waiters Night a success

Celebrity Waiters

Janet Berns, Owner, Book Nook
Vince Bodiford, President and Publisher of Monroe News Group
Robert Clark, Mayor, City of Monroe
Randy Daniels, Vice President of Student and Information Services, Monroe County Community College (MCCC)
Julie Edwards, RN to BSN Program Recruiter and Director of MCCC Programs - Monroe Campus, Siena Heights University
Barbra Krueger, Youth Services Technician, Monroe County Library System
Josh Myers, Executive Director of The Foundation at MCCC
Dr. Kojo Quartey, President, MCCC
Rachel Reaume, Programs Specialist, Monroe County Museum
Daniel Shaw, Professor of Journalism, MCCC
Suzanne Wetzel, Vice-President of Administration, MCCC

Community Silent Auction Donors

Book Nook
Independent Dairy
Tim Horton’s – Telegraph location

Silent Auction Gift Basket Makers

Mary Bullard
Rachel Eagle
Cheryl Johnston
Suzanne Krueger
Laura Manly and MCCC Library staff
Laura Menard
Sue Miller
Carrie Nartker
Michel Persin-Toll
Dan Shaw
Lela Wadlin

Contact Information

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