Community reading program: Reading the Rust Belt

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September 20 through October 30, 2023

A community reading program focused on Bonnie Jo Campbell’s American Salvage

The places that we come from and the places we go define us in indelible ways. Portage County, Ohio, and its surrounding region echo from the industrial heyday of the early 20th century and also resonate with the agrarian roots of the Midwest. Join us as we explore the beauty and challenges of our area and the rest of mid America through a reading of Bonnie Jo Campbell’s moving short stories in American Salvage. Meet rural, working-class characters who are down on their luck but definitely not ready to give up. With almost 20 events, explore the themes that American Salvage raises and the current opportunities in our region.