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Writers & Readers

Writers & Readers: An OWL Book Club

New, fresh, and engaging, OWL's Writers & Readers Book Club promises to connect you with celebrated authors who will lead us in a discussion of a selected book title.

Throughout the year, a high-profile author will engage and explore their work with us...LIVE and IN PERSON! We will have extra copies of the book available for you to borrow from OWL at least one month prior to the event. Read the book--then discuss it with the author! 

We hope you will share our excitement about this new initiative to connect readers with writers!





Tom Clavin Discusses The Last Hill


Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Thursday, March 28: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Zoom Link: Click here at 7 PM on March 28 to Zoom to this event.

In-Person Registration: Click here to attend in-person.

Join us for a special evening as national bestselling author Tom Clavin leads the discussion of his book 
The Last Hill: The Epic Story of a Ranger Battalion and the Battle that Defined WWII.

About The Last Hill: 

The Last Hill is the incredible untold story of one Ranger battalion’s heroism and courage in WWII. Castle Hill, the imposing 1320-foot mini-mountain the American Rangers simply called Hill 400, was the gateway to a desperate Nazi Germany. Several entire American divisions had already been repulsed by the last hill's dug-in defenders. For Supreme Allied Commander General Dwight Eisenhower, there was only one solution: Call in Rudder's Rangers, the most elite and experienced attack unit in the US Army. Of the 130 special operators who stormed, captured, and held the hill that December day in 1944, only 16 remained to stagger back down its frozen slopes. This is their story. 


TOM CLAVIN is a bestselling author of twenty-five nonfiction books on American and military history, sports, and entertainment. He previously worked as a newspaper editor and writer, including for the New York Times for fifteen years, and as a writer for such magazines as Smithsonian and Men’s Journal. He has received awards from the Society of Professional Journalists, Marine Corps Heritage Foundation, and National Newspaper Association. His books include the bestselling Frontier Lawmen trilogy: Wild Bill, Dodge City, and Tombstone, and Blood and Treasure with Bob Drury.  Visit his website at

Books are available at OWL to borrow plus instant e-book copies are available as well.

Want an autographed copy? The Hickory Stick Bookshop of Washington will be present at the event to sell copies of The Last Hill and other Clavin books. 



Richard Deming Discusses This Exquisite Loneliness


Live, In-Person & Live on Zoom:

Thursday, May 16: 7:00 - 8:00 PM
Zoom Link: Click here at 7 PM on May 16 to Zoom to this event.

In-Person Registration: Click here to attend in-person.

“. . . inspired meditations . . . The lucid prose is matched by the depth of insight . . . Profound and often achingly beautiful, this makes for great company.” 
—Publishers Weekly

About This Exquisite Loneliness: 

In This Exquisite Loneliness: What Loners, Outcasts, and the Misunderstood Can Teach Us About Creativity Richard Deming turns an eye toward that unwelcome feeling, both in his own experiences and the lives of six groundbreaking figures, to find the context of loneliness and to see what some people have done to navigate this profound sense of discomfort. Deming explores how loneliness has served as fuel for an intense creative desire that has forged some of the most original and innovative art and writing of the twentieth century.

This singular meditation on loneliness reveals how we might transform the pain of emotional isolation and become more connected to others and more at home with our often unquiet selves.

RICHARD DEMING is the Director of Creative Writing and a Senior Lecturer in English at Yale University. He is an award-winning poet and critic, whose work explores the intersections of literature, philosophy, and visual culture. He is the author of six books, including Day for Night, Touch of Evil, and Art of the Ordinary.

Books will be available at OWL to borrow at least one month prior to the event plus instant e-book and e-audio copies will be available as well.

Want an autographed copy? The Hickory Stick Bookshop of Washington will be present at the event to sell copies of This Exquisite Loneliness.