Book lovers are in for a rare treat. The 2013 One Maryland One Book initiative will provide them a chance to get a free book, listen to an author presentation, and participate in a book discussion!

Join thousands of Marylanders this year who will be reading King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village, the pick for this year’s One Maryland One Book Program. The book, which is the unique story of Nana Amuah-Afenyi VI, known informally as King Peggy, a secretary at the Embassy of Ghana in Washington, D.C. turned Nana (Chief) of the town of Otuam, in Ghana. Born Peggielene Bartels in Ghana, King Peggy became a naturalized citizen and has worked for the embassy since the 1970s. In 2008, following the death of her uncle, the former Chief, she was ritually chosen to replace him. Her book, King Peggy, was co-written with Eleanor Herman.

King Peggy will give a presentation about the book on Wednesday, September 18, at 7:30 PM, in Harford Community College’s Chesapeake Theater. The program, which is free and open to the general public, is recommended for adults and students in grades 8 and above.

In conjunction with the initiative, the Harford Community College Library is sponsoring a book discussion on Monday, October 14, from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. at the Hays-Heighe House, located on the campus at 401 Thomas Run Rd. A light lunch will be provided. The first 20 people to RSVP will receive a free copy of this year’s book selection, King Peggy. The general public is invited to this free event. Seating is limited; RSVP by calling the HCC Library,

One Maryland One Book/Wandering Books is a program of the Maryland Humanities Council and is offered in Harford County by Harford County Public Library and its partners – the Harford Community College Division of Library & Information Resources, Harford County Department of Community Services, and the Hosanna School Museum.