2013 One Maryland One Book

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King  Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman

Peggielene Bartels, a native of Ghana living in the U.S., was working as a secretary to the Ghanaian Embassy when a relative called to give her the startling news that following the death of her uncle, the council of elders had determined she would be his successor, king to the town of Otuam in Ghana. Bartels chronicles her journey as she becomes reacquainted with distant relatives and juggles responsibilities such as refurbishing the modest palace, repaving roads and planning an official funeral for her uncle.  Balancing cultural differences and sketchy finances, Bartels finds the strength to tackle poverty and tradition. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed as she becomes the heart and hope of her community. Alexander McCall Smith, author of the internationally-renowned and well-loved No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency series called this book, “An astonishing and wonderful book about real-life Mma Ramotswe. An utter joy.”

One Maryland One Book: King Peggy

Reserve a copy of King Peggy now by going to http://library.carr.org and plan to join in one of these branch book discussions:

Tuesday, September 17 – 6:30 PM – Finksburg
Wednesday, September 18 – 1:00 PM – Mt. Airy
Thursday, September 19 – 6:30 PM- Taneytown
Monday, September 23 – 6:30 PM - North Carroll
Wednesday, October 2 – 6:30 PM – Westminster

King Peggy's OMOB speaking tour includes:

An Evening with King Peggy
Friday, September 13, 2013 | 7:30 p.m.
The Weinberg Center for the Arts, Frederick

Baltimore Book Festival – Baltimore City
Saturday, September 28, 2013 | 1:00 p.m.
This event will be held in the Book Festival’s Literary Salon. Mount Vernon Square, Baltimore.

In its 6th year, One Maryland One Book brings together communities across the state to share in the joy of reading the same book. Many events are being planned throughout Maryland. To view the complete listing, please visit: http://www.mdhc.org/programs/one-maryland-one-book/

One Maryland One Book is made possible with funds from the Maryland Humanities Council.