One Book One Community welcomes Moreland

One Book One Community welcomes Moreland

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Author Trang Moreland will be the featured presenter in the auditorium at Founders Hall at Kent State Tuscarawas on Monday, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m.

Moreland, who is the featured author for the 2021 Tuscarawas County One Book, One Community project, will discuss her book, “Just Smile and Say Hello,” which is the true story of how the author grew up in poverty in Vietnam and her subsequent journey to success as a businesswoman in America.

“You’ll be swept far away to a little hut with a dirt floor where my family and I lived for many years,” Moreland said. “You will venture into our rice paddy, where I would swim in a bomb crater left over from the Vietnam War. You’ll learn in detail how rice is really grown. You will be able to see, smell and hear as if you were actually there. You’ll learn about my brother and sister’s arranged marriages, and you’ll learn about my school system and how difficult it was to be able to get to school on a daily basis. You’ll visit the local village, the market and the city. You will meet my mother and learn of her struggles. Then you’ll journey with me to America, a strange place far away that spoke a language I did not know. You will learn how, with very little money, I was able to go to trade school and become a successful business owner.”

Moreland grew up in Southern Vietnam. At the age of 21, she immigrated to the United States. After overcoming language and cultural barriers, she was able to finish trade school and become a successful business owner.

Moreland is a published author, inspirational speaker and vice president of the Tuscarawas County Writers Guild. Trang and her husband Jay live in Tuscarawas County and have two adult children. Moreland is active in many local charities and provides school supplies for children in her native country.

“We are very excited about the opportunity of bringing One Book, One Community back to the community after the challenges of 2020 and the pandemic,” said Jim Gill, chair of this year’s reading project. “There is nothing like a good story to bring people together. The goal of One Book, One Community is to create community through conversation, and Trang’s inspirational story is a shining example of how hope, perseverance and relentless focus can overcome life’s challenges. We are excited to provide a focus on diversity and multi-culturalism and to demonstrate to the community that we all have a remarkable story to tell.”

One Book, One Community is a nation-wide grassroots reading movement that aims to bring communities together by giving them the shared experience of reading the same book. “When we all read the same book, we have something to talk about,” said Lori Douglass, president of the TCLC. “One Book’s goal is to break down barriers between different groups and to strengthen Tuscarawas County. We are excited about bringing a lineup of diverse programs and events to our community.”

A book-signing will follow the event, which is free and open to all. Winners of the One Book, One Community writing contest will be recognized at the event as well. Also, the 2022 One Book, One Community title and author will be announced to the public.

Members of the public are encouraged to bring school supplies to benefit area schools and students.

Premier sponsors of this year’s One Book, One Community project include First Federal Community Bank, the Foundation for Appalachian Ohio, Friends of the Dover Public Library, Haman Foundation, Kent State Tuscarawas, Moomaw Foundation, OhioMeansJobs, Tuscarawas County Community Foundation, Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition, Tuscarawas County Writers Guild and the United Way of Tuscarawas County.

For more information call Gill at 330-343-6123.