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Author to Visit Warren Library Oct. 12 for Trumbull County Reads 2023

(9/22/2023) – Author Deborah Wiles will share background and insights about her Trumbull County Reads 2023 books “Kent State” and “Anthem” at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 12, in a free presentation for the community at the Warren Library, 444 Mahoning Ave. NW.

Wiles’ book “Kent State” is an exploration of the events of May 4, 1970, when American troops killed four American students protesting the Vietnam War. Told in multiple voices from a number of vantage points, “Kent State” gives a moving, terrifying, galvanizing picture of what happened and why.

Her juvenile fiction novel “Anthem” is the remarkable story of two cousins who must take a road trip across America in 1969 in order to let a teen know he’s been drafted to fight in Vietnam. Full of photos, music, and figures of the time, this is the masterful story of what it’s like to be young and American in troubled times.

Wiles is the pioneer of the documentary novel format, in a trilogy about the 1960s that includes “Anthem” along with “Revolution,” and “Countdown.”

Wiles is also the author of several other highly acclaimed books, including the beloved “Love, Ruby Lavender” and two National Book Award finalists – “Each Little Bird That Sings” and “Revolution.”

Her first picture book, “Freedom Summer,” received the Ezra Jack Keats New Writer Award. She is also an NAACP Book Award finalist, E.B. White Award winner, Golden Kite Award winner, Jane Addams Peace Award Finalist, and recipient of a PEN Phyllis Reynolds Naylor Working Writer Fellowship.

She lives in Atlanta, Georgia. To learn more about her books, visit

Wiles’ presentation at the Warren Library is free and open to the public; registration is not required.

Trumbull County Reads 2023 takes place at libraries throughout the county during October and features a series of book discussions and unique public events related to this year’s theme of Stand Up. To learn about the Warren-Trumbull County Public Library and all its programs and services, visit the library website at or call (330) 399-8807 ext. 128.


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