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Read. Think. Share. Engage. The 2015 Community Read is here!

Tiffin-Seneca Public Library has selected “Thieving Forest” by Martha Conway as the 2015 Community Read selection. During the months of March and April, the library will encourage the Seneca County community to read the book and come together for special events and discussions celebrating it. The author, Martha Conway, will speak at the Library as part of the program. 

The novel has won the 2014 North American Book Award in historical fiction. The book takes place in June 1806, on the edge of Ohio's Great Black Swamp. “Thieving Forest” is the story of seventeen-year old Susanna Quiner after Potawatomi Indians kidnap her four older sisters. Both of her parents are dead from Swamp Fever and Susan decides to find the sisters herself. The novel is about her quest and the parallel story of her sisters’ new lives, as they deal with starvation, slavery, betrayal and love. According to, the book is “Fast-paced, richly detailed, with a panoramic view of cultures and people, this is historical fiction that is sure to enthrall and delight.”

Books will be available for check out for seven day circulation starting March 5 at the Library. The book may also be ordered for purchase at Paper and Ink.

As part of the Community Read, the library is to host a series of special programs pertaining to the book.

“Thieving Forest” is the selected title for both book discussion groups in March. The Let’s Talk About It group will meet on Thursday, March 5 at 10:30 am in the Junior Home Room and Coffee by the Book: Book Group at the Wick will meet on Thursday, March 19 at 6:00 pm at Bailwicks Coffee Co.

There will be a panel discussion on Thursday, March 26 at 7:00 pm in the Frost Kalnow Room. The panel will include Robert Berg, Emeritus Professor of German and Archivist at Heidelberg University; Ken Krieger, Director of the National Center for Water Quality Research at Heidelberg University; Tonia Hoffert, Director of the Seneca County Museum; and Mark Steinmetz, the Assistant Director of the Seneca County Museum. Panel members will discuss German religious settlements in Ohio, local history of Tiffin and Seneca County and the effects of the Great Black Swamp on the area’s history.

Miriam Fankhauser, retired Associate Professor of English and Humanities at Tiffin University will speak about Isaac Dumond on Thursday, April 2 at 7:00 pm in the Frost Kalnow Room. Dumond was the patriarch of one of the first Seneca County families in the Great Black Swamp in 1821.

On Thursday, April 9 at 7:00 pm in the Frost Kalnow Room, the Library will show the 1982 movie “The Story of the Great Black Swamp” a WBGU-PBS documentary that investigates the Great Black Swamp area from its creation during the glacial ages to its transformation into farmland.

Sauder Village will present “Natives and Newcomers” on Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 pm in the Frost Kalnow Room. Nancy Lewis, an interpreter from Sauder Village, will speak about what life was like in Northwest Ohio in 1803, the year Ohio became a state and about the daily life of Native Americans and the European Fur Traders.

The library will host a public book discussion on “Thieving Forest” Sunday, April 19 at 2:00 pm in the Frost Kalnow Room. The discussion will be led by Trinity Lescallett, Manager of Adult Services at the Library.


On Thursday, April 23 at 10:30 am in the Frost Kalnow Room, Martha Conway, the Community Read author, will present a Writers’ Workshop. Conway taught creative writing at UC Berkeley Extension and at Stanford University’s Online Writer’s Studio. She tweets ten-minute prompts and exercises every day on twitter (#10minprompt, #WritingExercise) via @marthamconway. Her first novel 12 Bliss Street was nominated for an Edgar Award, and her short fiction has appeared in The Iowa Review, The Mississippi Review, The Quarterly, The Carolina Quarterly, and other publications. She has reviewed fiction for the San Francisco Chronicle and The Iowa Review, and is a recipient of a California Arts Council fellowship in Creative Writing. Participants are asked to register for the Writer’s Workshop by calling the Library or on the online calendar at

Also on April 23 at 7:00 pm, Conway is to host a public presentation about the book and is the featured event of the Community Read. Copies of the book will be available for sale and for autographs.

All events at the library are free and open to the public. No registration is necessary, unless otherwise stated. Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of the T-SPL and Beeghly Library.

For more information, please call the library at (419) 447-3751.