OCTC Common Read Selection for Spring 2018

The Next Time You See Me by KY Native, Holly Goddard Jones

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OWENSBORO, KY (01/08/2018) The Owensboro Community and Technical College (OCTC) Common Reading for the spring 2018 semester will be the, The Next Time You See Me (Touchstone 2013), a novel by Kentucky native, Holly Goddard Jones. The author will be at OCTC on Thursday, April 19 at 12:30 p.m. for a reading and book signing in Blandford Lecture Hall, located in the Humanities building on the main campus at 4800 New Hartford Road.

The Next Time You See Me is Jones' debut novel set in a small Kentucky town, with mentions of Owensboro and Western Kentucky locations. Themes include self-worth, familial relationships, and discrimination. The story follows the ripple effects of one woman's disappearance. Topics and themes that will be covered as part of the semester long events will include bullying, harassment, and forensics search and rescue.

The author's newest novel is The Salt Line (G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2017), and she also penned Girl Trouble, a collection of short stories. Her work has appeared in The Best American Mystery Stories, New Stories from the South, Tin House magazine, and elsewhere. She was a recipient of The Fellowship of Southern Writers' Hillsdale Prize for Excellence in Fiction and of a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Award. Jones earned her M.F.A. from Ohio State University and a B.A. from the University of Kentucky. She teaches creative writing at UNC Greensboro and lives in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Check your local library for a copy of The Next Time You See Me or it is available at the OCTC Bookstore, at 4800 New Hartford Road, Owensboro. For more information about the common read program please contact tonya.northenor@kctcs.edu or for a listing of pertinent events visit facebook.com/octc.commonread.


Owensboro Community and Technical College is one of the sixteen community and technical colleges that make up the Kentucky Community & Technical College System. OCTC serves the KY counties of Daviess, Hancock, Ohio and McLean. OCTC has three campuses in Daviess County and a Center and Annex in Hancock County. OCTC strives to serve the communities in the service area by providing associate degree education for transfer, state of the art technical education for students focusing on entering the workforce, customized business and industry solutions through the Workforce Solutions division, and adult education and business and industry testing through the SkillTrain unit.


This activity is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this press release do not necessarily represent those of NEH.


The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth's largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky's largest provider of workforce training and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. We help students fulfill their dreams of creating a better life through programs that lead directly to jobs or help them transfer to one of our four-year partners.

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