How to Participate

Attend an event! Many book discussions and programs are scheduled throughout February and March.

On The Same Page Book Discussions

April Smith Author Visits

  • Friday, March 7, 10:00 a.m. at The College of Mt. St. Joseph’s Library, 5701 Delhi Road, Cincinnati, OH 45233
  • Friday, March 7, noon at the Mercantile Library, 414 Walnut Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202 — reservations requested or call 513-621-0717
  • Friday, March 7, 7:00 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers, 2692 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208
  • Saturday, March 8, 2:00 p.m. at Main Library, 800 Vine Street, Cincinnati, OH 45202

Gold Star Mothers - Pilgrimage of Remembrance

Come learn more about the stories behind A Star for Mrs. Blake. Local author, and former Library staff member, John Graham is the author of “The Gold Star Mother Pilgrimages of the 1930s” as well as co-producer of the PBS documentary “Pilgrimage of Remembrance.” His talk features unpublished letters, photographs, and forgotten documentary footage, a large part of it from the Main Library’s own collections.

The War to End All Wars?: America, World War I, and the “Mother Half of Humanity”

The five Gold Star Mothers at the heart of A Star for Mrs. Blake, came from a United States flush with growing industrial and economic might but still discovering its place on the world stage. Like April Smith’s characters, America also was deeply divided about going “Over There” to fight a war that seemed to promise little benefit for enormous cost. This talk will explore the origins of World War I, the U.S. role in it, and the debates over American involvement, including the antiwar efforts of many American women—calling themselves the “mother half of humanity”—who fought to keep American sons from having to fight.

Presented by Peter M. Robinson, PhD, Associate Professor of History, The College of Mt. St. Joseph.