O-Town Reads events are designed to bring our community together through the reading and discussion of a common book and give the members of our city -- both young and old -- an opportunity to connect and talk through a shared reading experience.

O-Town Reads brings friends, families, neighbors, and co-workers together through a common theme. Approximately 500 copies of the chosen title are given away to the community each year with the instructions to "read and pass it on"

A MAN CALLED OVE

by
Fredrick Backman
2021

Book Cover

Meet Ove. He’s a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People call him “the bitter neighbor from hell.” Behind the cranky exterior, there is a story and a sadness. So when one November morning a chatty young couple with two chatty young daughters move in next door and accidentally flatten Ove’s mailbox, it is the lead-in to a comical and heartwarming tale of unkempt cats, unexpected friendship, and the ancient art of backing up a U-Haul.

Fredrick Backman

Author

Fredrick Backman

O-TOWN READS EVENTS

  • 2023 O-Town Reads Announcement
    Fri, Dec 09
    Ottawa Library
    Dec 09, 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
    Ottawa Library, 105 S Hickory St, Ottawa, KS 66067, USA
    Ottawa Library's 2023 selection for O-Town reads will be unveiled during a Chamber Coffee. Come and get a first look at what we have planned.
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2021 SPONSORS

American Eagle Outfitters

KOFO

Becky & Tom Shrimplin

Trent and Jody Lancaster

Friends of the Ottawa Library

Ottawa Community Foundation

Loyd Builders

Hepner Appraisal Service

Ottawa Rotary

Bank Midwest

Rich Brown & Sheryl Servatius-Brown

Betty Birzer, Realtor

OTHER O-TOWN READS TITLES

2016
OUT OF MY MIND
2017
GIRL IN REVERSE
2018
THE OTHER WES MOORE
2019
TOUGH AS THEY COME
2020
NO OTHER HOME
2022
THE SUN DOES SHINE
2023
FINDING DOROTHY