Rhiannon Navin, author of “Only Child”, the featured book for the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library’s 2019 CommunityREAD, will visit Hancock County on Thursday, March 28 during CommunityREAD month for a public presentation at the Marathon Center for the Performing Arts.
“Only Child” is a heartbreaking, yet hopeful debut novel about grief, healing, family, and the wisdom of children, narrated by a six-year-old boy who reminds us that sometimes the littlest bodies hold the biggest hearts, and the quietest voices speak the loudest.
Squeezed into a coat closet with his classmates and teacher, first grader Zach Taylor can hear gunshots ringing through the halls of his school. A gunman has entered the building, taking nineteen lives and irrevocably changing the very fabric of a close-knit community. While Zach’s mother pursues a quest for justice against the shooter’s parents, holding them responsible for their son’s actions, Zach retreats into his secret hideout and loses himself in a world of books and art. Armed with newfound understanding, and with the optimism and stubbornness only a child could possess, Zach sets out on a journey towards healing and forgiveness, determined to help the adults in his life rediscover the universal truths of love and compassion needed to pull them through their darkest hours.
Rhiannon Navin grew up in Bremen, Germany, in a family of book-crazy women. Her career in advertising brought her to New York City, where she worked for several large agencies before becoming a full-time mother and writer. She now lives outside of New York City with her husband, three children, and two cats.
CommunityREAD is a month-long community event that encourages reading and promotes the benefits of literacy. Originally created by the Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation in 2003, the administration of CommunityREAD was assumed by the Findlay-Hancock County Public Library in 2012. Each year, a different book is chosen and read by community members during the month of March. Various events are planned throughout the month at the library and throughout the community. CommunityREAD 2019 and Rhiannon Navin’s presentation are funded by a Findlay-Hancock County Community Foundation grant, business and private sponsors, and the library’s general fund. For further information about CommunityREAD, visit www.findlaylibrary.org or call the library at 419-422-1712.