This year's pick for One Maryland One Book, the statewide reading program, is "King Peggy," a tale about a Washington, D.C., woman who is unexpectedly chosen to be King of Otuam, a 7,000-person village in Ghana.
Peggielene Bartels, a secretary, faced reluctant male elders and a host of other problems as she adjusted to her fairy tale role. Arriving in Otuam, she finds that the "town has no running water, no doctor, and no high school; the king’s palace is in ruins, and the town coffers are empty." The book, written with Eleanor Herman, describes her work as a town leader, as well as her personal journey.
The One Maryland One Book organizes discussions and other programs at libraries, schools, senior centers and other locations. Authors of some previous selections have appeared at the Baltimore Book Festival. the discussion groups and other programs will start this fall, and a calendar of free public events will be available online this summer, according to organizers.
One Maryland One Book is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council.