Since 2007, Northern Kentucky One Book One Community has joined together Boone, Campbell, Grant and Kenton County Public Libraries in a community-wide reading partnership. With participation from people all around the region, this is a great chance for everyone to read, discuss, and connect over a book specially chosen for this annual occasion.

Each year staff from each of the four library systems look at a wide variety of books. I have been part of the selection committee for several years. We read several books, of both fiction and non-fiction, looking for books that have a connection to the area, an interesting and intriguing story, and an author who can come to the libraries for a final feature event. I always love the evenings with the author (David Giffels was just wonderful last year!) – who else out there has been to these nights? Do you have a favorite?

Well get ready for our 2012 book, Writ of Mandamus, a fast-paced political thriller from local author Rick Robinson. In the book, Congressman Richard Thompson is about to run for reelection and his only opponent is Sean Sullivan, an eccentric lawyer known for wearing fuzzy slippers in the court room and railing about the temperature of the Guinness served at Chez Nora (one of the many places you’ll recognize). But as Thompson and his wife prepare for a long-awaited vacation in Ireland, Sullivan files a writ of mandamus against him, and Thompson realizes that Sullivan is a more formidable candidate than previously thought. Then someone is murdered and the Thompsons are plunged into an investigation involving Keeneland, an Irish horse farm, an attack on CIA operatives and the smuggling of military aircraft parts to the Middle East.

You can pick up a copy of Writ of Mandamus at any branch of the library, and make sure to check out our October events calendar. There will be Legal Lectures at the Durr branch a History of Covington’s Mainstrasse at the Erlanger branch, and several book discussions (I host the one on 10/18) take place at Erlanger throughout the month – everyone is welcome!

And don’t miss your chance to meet Ft. Mitchell author Rick Robinson on Thursday, Oct. 25 at 7 p.m. This special evening will be at the Erlanger Library and it’s always both interesting and fun to hear the author talk about the book and answer patron questions. Writ of Mandamus is the fifth One Book program that I’ve had a chance to be part of – it just keeps getting better! For more information, check out the One Book One Community website at Or ask a question here – I’ll be sure to post an answer. 🙂

Written by:

Leigh K. Mauer, MLIS

Readers’ Advisory Librarian

Erlanger Branch Library

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