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Montgomery College to Host Montgomery County One Maryland One Book Program, Sept. 28 Warren St. John, Author of the Book “Outcasts United,” to Speak at the New Cultural Arts Center at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus

In partnership with The Maryland Humanities Council, The Paul Peck Humanities Institute of Montgomery College will sponsor a talk by author Warren St. John on Tuesday, September 28 as part of the One Maryland One Book statewide reading initiative. The event, held at the Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center at the Takoma Park/Silver Spring Campus, is free and open to the public. Guests are invited to stay for a book signing and a reception after the talk.

St. John is the author of “Outcasts United: An American Town, A Refugee Team and One Woman’s Quest to Make a Difference.” The book follows the true story of a refugee soccer team in the small southern town of Clarkston, Georgia. Through the team, St. John offers a window into the complex dynamics of immigration, where the players’ experiences highlight the cruelties of war and racial hatred but also the beacons of hope, survival and personal responsibility.

St. John has written for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, Wired, Slate and The New York Times. His first book, “Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Journey into the Heart of Fan Mania (2004),” was among Sports Illustrated’s best books of the year and ranked number one on The Chronicle of Higher Education’s list of the best books ever written about collegiate athletics. “Outcasts United” has been published in the United States, United Kingdom, Germany, Italy, Japan, China and The Netherlands. The Maryland Humanities Council initiated the One Maryland One Book project two years ago with the goal of Marylanders reading the same book to create conversation about important social issues including race, education and social justice. The two previous One Maryland One Book selections were “A Hope in the Unseen, An American Odyssey from the Inner City to the Ivy League,” by Ron Suskind and “Song Yet Sung,” by James McBride.

Additional partners supporting One Maryland One Book at Montgomery College include The Writer’s Center, Giant Food LLC of Landover, The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County, The Gazette and Random House.

The Montgomery College Cultural Arts Center is located at 7995 Georgia Avenue, Silver Spring, Maryland. Maps and directions to free parking are available at www.montgomerycollege.edu. To request accommodations for a disability, please contact esther.schwartz-mckinzie@montgomerycollege.edu or call 240 567-7417 at least two weeks prior to the event. For more information about the One Maryland One Book statewide reading initiative and the full author tour calendar, visit www.onemarylandonebook.org or call 410-685-6161.

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