Howard County Library System
Howard County Book Connection

photo of Siobhan Fallon
The Howard County Book Connection seeks to connect our community through shared learning experiences that promote productive dialogue, critical thinking, and intellectual enrichment.  In partnership with Howard Community College (HCC), this educational initiative encourages HCC students and community members to read the featured book selection and to participate in a variety of thematically related classes and events during the academic year, including author presentations, book discussions, lectures, film screenings, and performances.

2014-15 FEATURE
Tribes by Nina Raine

In the play Tribes, Billy, who is deaf, is the only one who actually listens in his idiosyncratic, fiercely argumentative bohemian family. But when he meets Sylvia, who is going deaf, he decides he finally wants to be heard. With excoriating dialogue and sharp, compassionate insights, Nina Raine crafts a penetrating play about belonging, family and the limitations of communication.

Nominated for both the Olivier and Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, Tribes premiered at the Royal Court Theatre in London in 2011.

Upcoming related events:

NONFICTION Book Discussion
October 15, 7 - 8:30pm
HCLS Savage Branch

Date Description Register

  • 2015 - 16: Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn

  • 2013-14 You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon
  • 2012-13 The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba
  • 2011-12 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2010-11 Listening Is an Act of Love: A Celebration of American Life from the StoryCorps Project by Dave Isay
  • 2009-10 When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
  • 2008-09 The Speed of Dark by Elizabeth Moon
  • 2007-08 Small Wonder by Barbara Kingsolver
  • 2006-07 The Kite Runner by Khaled Hossieni
  • 2005-06 Reservation Blues by Sherman Alexie
  • 2004-05 The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down by Ann Fadiman