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.

2013-14 FEATURE
You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon

  • In October 2013 Siobhan Fallon presented You Know When the Men Are Gone, her award-winning debut collection of short stories about the families of Fort Hood, Texas during an Army brigade's deployment to Iraq. The New York Journal of Books called the collection, "the explosive sort of literary triumph that appears only every few years." Honors and awards include Best Book of 2011 by The San Francisco Chronicle, Self Magazine, Los Angeles Public Library, and Janet Maslin of The New York Times; a 2012 Indies Choice Honor Award; the Texas Institute of Letters Award for First Fiction; and the 2012 Pen Center USA Literary Award in Fiction.

Upcoming thematically related events:

Date Description Register
7:00 PM
Miller Branch
A Few Good Women
Author and journalist behind Lifetime TV's Army Wives and Undaunted, Tanya Biank discusses her most challe ... [more]
7:00 PM
Central Branch
Eclectic Evenings
Book discussion, 2nd Tuesdays; 7 - 8:30 pm.

May 13 - You Know When the Men Are Gone by Siobhan Fallon* ... [more]
No registration required


2014 - 15: Tribes by Nina Raine

2015 - 16: Click here to submit a nomination for the 2015-2016 book selection! To be considered, books must be nominated within the current nomination cycle. If your book was not selected in the last cycle, nominate it again for consideration in the next.

Cosponsored by Friends of Howard County Library, HCC's Office of Student Life, and English and World Languages Division.

Past Events