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Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger Comes to Stark County for Library’s Second Season of Speaking of Books Author Series

October 6, 2017 (Canton, Ohio) – Join Stark County District Library this fall for the next installment of the new Dr. Audrey Lavin Speaking of Books Author Series, which brings acclaimed writers to Stark County who inspire lively discussion and community conversation while exemplifying literary excellence. The 2017–2018 season includes four special evenings planned at the Canton Palace Theatre.

The lead off author for this season is Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger. His book, Rudy: My Story, chronicles the former Notre Dame football player’s story of fierce determination and the twenty-seven seconds that changed his life. He will share his inspirational true story with guests at the Canton Palace Theatre on Tuesday, October 24 at 6:30 p.m.

It took years of fierce determination to overcome obstacles and criticisms, yet Rudy achieved his dream— to attend Notre Dame and play football for the Fighting Irish. As fans cheered, he sacked the quarterback in his only play in the only game of his college football career. In 1993, his life story was immortalized with the blockbuster film, RUDY.

“Rudy’s story of dogged determination and overcoming the odds makes him an inspirational addition to the Speaking of Books Author Series,” said Marianna DiGiacomo, Community Services Director. “We are very excited to welcome Rudy to Stark County.”

Rudy’s book is also this year’s One Book, One Community Stark County selection. One Book, One Community is a collaboration of several libraries in the area which encourages Stark County residents of all ages join together in reading a common book and share ideas through community conversation. To make it even easier to join in the fun, the library is offering unlimited digital copies of Rudy to check out with no wait through November 1.

The Speaking of Books Author Series is one of the Library’s newest innovations to help Stark County “Share Smart” as part of its reimagining as The Smart Store®. It is named for Dr. Audrey Lavin, a local “celebrity” author, a globe-trotting academic, a champion of writers, and a tireless supporter of the Library.

Each bestselling author will speak about their book, followed by a wide-ranging question and answer session. The evening will end with a book signing and Friends of the Library volunteers will have copies available for purchase if you don’t yet own a copy.

Reserve your free seats to any of the author events at

The complete 2017-2018 season schedule includes:

Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger” Tuesday, October 24 | 6:30 p.m.
Daniel “Rudy” Ruettiger defied the odds with 27 seconds of greatness in his story of fierce determination. In 1993, his story was immortalized in the hit movie Rudy. He is now a renowned motivational speaker and focused on strengthening communities by offering scholarships in education, sports and the arts. He is also Stark County’s One Book, One Community selection for 2017.

Jay Asher of Netflix Original and NYT Bestseller Thirteen Reasons Why Tuesday, November 14 | 6:30 p.m.
Asher's debut novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, became a #1 New York Times bestselling young-adult fiction novel. It won several awards, received five stars from Teen Book Review and in 2017, was released as a successful Netflix original series. He also wrote What Light and co-authored The Future of Us.

Debbie Macomber Romance Author Visits for Valentine’s Day Date Night
Wednesday, February 14 | 6:30 p.m.
#1 NYT bestselling author Debbie Macomber’s novels have spent over 990 weeks on the bestseller list with twelve hitting the #1 spot. She was the inaugural winner of the Quill Award for romance in 2005 and has been awarded both a RITA and a lifetime achievement award by the Romance Writers of America.

Sam Quinones-winning Journalist and Author of Dreamland Explores Opiate Epidemic
Monday, April 2 | 6:30 p.m.
Sam Quinones is a journalist, storyteller, former LA Times reporter, and author of three acclaimed narrative nonfiction books. His most recent book addresses America’s opiate epidemic. He was selected as a 2008 recipient of the Maria Moors Cabot prize and is a 1998 recipient of an Alicia Patterson Fellowship.



One of the 9 largest library systems in Ohio – and the county’s oldest library – Stark County District Library serves the community through 10 locations, six mobile libraries, and a 24/7 digital branch.

A 2009 winner of the prestigious National Medal for library service, the Library serves over 140,000 active cardholders, annually circulating 3.85 million items from its 1.5 million item collection and providing access to an additional 66 million items from lending networks throughout Ohio. Each year the library presents more than 9,000 programs for 175,000 attendees and provides 240,000 computer sessions on the publicly available computers found in each branch.

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