1. Saturday Mar 28 CHRIS GRABENSTEIN INTRODUCES NEW KIDS NOVEL SATURDAY, MARCH 28; 1 PM CHRIS GRABENSTEIN, author of Escape From Mr. Lemoncello’s Library will introduce his new book for young readers, The Island of Dr. Libris. Twelve-year-old Billy Gillfoyle is stuck spending the entire summer in an old lakeside...
  2. Saturday Mar 28 ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP PREVIEW SUNDAY, MARCH 28; 2-3:30 PM ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP INFORMATION SESSION. This year marks the 30th annual Summer Program presented by the Antioch Writers Workshop in Yellow Spring, Ohio. It promises a stellar faculty, inspiring programming, and exciting opportunities. Learn more...
  3. Tuesday Mar 31 HAL MCCOY INTRODUCES HIS MEMOIR TUESDAY, MARCH 31; 7 PM (Line numbers beginning at 6 pm. Please show your receipt for The Real McCoy to get a line number.) Dayton’s own legendary sportswriter HAL MCCOY will discuss his memoir The Real McCoy, My Half-Century with...


  • WASH by Margaret Wrinkle Fiction Runner-Up for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize.Wash is a shortening of Washington, the name of a first-generation slave who, because of his size and strength, had been chosen to father children in the slave community. The novel explores the often-buried history of slave breeding in the early 19th century, "offering fresh insights into our continuing racial dilemmas."
  • CONTESTED LAND, CONTESTED MEMORY: ISRAEL'S JEWS AND ARABS AND THE GHOSTS OF CATASTROPHE by Jo Roberts Nonfiction Runner-Up for the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Canadian journalist Roberts shows the reader the tangled histories of Jewish and Palestinian-Israeli lives today and frames the possibilities for peace in the region.
  • THE WOMAN WHO LOST HER SOUL by Bob Shacochis Fiction Winner of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. With a story of multiple characters, set on three continents over a turbulent century, Shacochis shares his vision of the catastrophic events that have led to the ongoing war on terror that the world is experiencing today.

    Nonfiction Winner of the 2014 Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Bennoune recounts the legions of Muslims around the world whose struggles against fundamentalist violence are almost never reported in the media. She tells of thousands of Muslims who have been imprisoned or killed trying to stem the tide of fundamentalism in their own countries.


We're surely moving toward Spring! I know we're all ready for it, that's for sure.

Please look through our calendar of events and mark the author events you want to attend in March. One of our local authors will be here on Tuesday, March 31. Many (maybe all) of you know him or his work. He's Hal McCoy, writer for the Dayton Daily News, who has been covering The Cincinnati Reds baseball team for over 50 years. He'll be discussing his book, The Real McCoy, which is a highly readable book that lets you in on the behind-the-scenes happenings in the baseball world.

Here's a glimpse into what events we have planned so far for you in April.

Thursday, April 2; 7 pm BIG READ DISCUSSION of The Rosie Project
Tuesday, April 7; 7 pm TONYA KAPPES, author of A Ghostly Undertaking
Wed., April 8; 7 pm RIDLEY PEARSON, author of The Return: Disney Lands
Thursday, April 9; 7 pm ROBIN OLIVEIRA, author of I Have Always Loved you

Sunday, April 12; 2-3:30 pm ANTIOCH WRITERS WORKSHOP: Poetry hints
Wed. April 15; 7 pm ELIZABETH BERG, author of The Dream Lover
Thursday April 16; 7pm RYAN IRELAND, author of Beyond the Horizon
Thursday, April 23; 7 pm T J TURNER, author of Lincoln's Bodyguard

We encourage you to check our website often so you don't miss any new events we may have posted since the last time you looked.

We thought you'd like to know about a special book event at the University of Dayton in late March. MARY LOU QUINLAN is bringing her acclaimed one-woman show, "The God Box, A Daughter's Story," to UD at 7 pm on March 30-31 as a benefit for the Erma Bombeck Writers' Workshop. Books & Co. is one of the sponsors of that workshop.

This is a great show for mothers, daughters, girlfriends and book clubs. On March 30, local authors Katrina Kittle, Mary McCarty, Sharon Short and Joanne Huist Smith, will participate in a "Talk Back" after the performance. On March 31, Betsy Bombeck, Erma's daughter, will join Mary Lou on stage after the performance.

Tickets for The God Box performance range from $15-$50. For tickets, please visit or call 937-229-2545.

Thank you for being our customers!

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Sharon Kelly Roth
Director, Public Relations