NEW PHILADELPHIA - Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition members are inviting the community to join them for an evening with bestselling author Catherine Price to close out this year's One Book One Community countywide reading project.

Price will speak about her book "How to Break Up With Your Phone: The 30-Day Plan to Take Back Your Life" on Monday beginning at 7 pm in the Founders Hall auditorium. Refreshments and a book signing will follow the event, which is free and open for all. 

For more information, contact Jim Gill at 330-343-6123 or visit

About the book 

Is your phone the first thing you reach for in the morning and the last thing you touch before bed? Do you frequently pick it up "just to check," only to look up forty-five minutes later wondering where the time has gone? Do you say you want to spend less time on your phone—but have no idea how to do so without giving it up completely? If so, this book is your solution. Award-winning journalist Catherine Price presents a practical, hands-on plan to break up—and then make up—with your phone. The goal? A long-term relationship that actually feels good. You'll discover how phones and apps are designed to be addictive, and learn how the time we spend on them damages our ability to focus, think deeply, and form new memories. You'll then make customized changes to your settings, apps, environment, and mindset that will ultimately enable you to take back control of your life. Packed with tested strategies and practical tips, this book is the essential, life-changing guide for everyone who owns a smartphone.

"How to Break Up With Your Phone" is being published in 28 countries and 22 languages. It's been featured in publications and on shows and podcasts including The New York Times, CBS This Morning, The Los Angeles Times, the Dr. Oz Show, NPR's Here and Now, the BBC World News Service, Good Morning America, Wired, Time Magazine, Recode, the Financial Times and most major newspapers in Britain, among many others.  

About the author

Catherine Price is a science journalist, author and speaker. As a consultant, coach and workshop leader, she helps individuals and organizations create healthier personal and professional relationships with their phones (and other devices), and establish best practices to encourage creativity, productivity and mental health. Her journalistic work has appeared in publications including The Best American Science Writing, The New York Times, Popular Science, O, The Oprah Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, The San Francisco Chronicle, The Washington Post Magazine, Parade, Salon, Slate, Men's Journal, Self, Medium, Health Magazine, and Outside, among others. Her previous books include VITAMANIA: How Vitamins Revolutionized the Way We Think About Food (Penguin Press, 2015), Mindfulness: A Journal (Clarkson Potter, 2016), the parody travel guide 101 Places Not to See Before You Die (HarperPaperbacks, 2010) and The Big Sur Bakery Cookbook (HarperCollins, 2009). Catherine is also the creator and founder of Screen/Life Balance, which is dedicated to helping people learn how to scroll less and live more.

In its 12th year, One Book, One Community is a grassroots community reading movement that aims to bring people together by giving them the shared experience of reading the same book. "When we all read the same book, we all have something to talk about," says Jim Gill, 2019 One Book, One Community chair and Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition board member. "One Book's goal is to break down barriers between different groups of people and to strengthen Tuscarawas County. We feel this year's book is incredibly timely as it deals with technology addiction and today's struggle to be mindful and intentional with our time. We were blessed, through our sponsors, to be able to distribute 2,500 copies of this year's book to schools throughout the county."

About the Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition

The Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition is a non-profit organization comprised of groups and individuals dedicated to enhancing traditional literacy as well as cultural, financial, medical and technological literacy for all Tuscarawas County residents. The organization promotes public awareness and works collaboratively with local educators, literacy service providers, business, community and ministerial organizations to support and initiate programs that work toward the goal of enhanced literacy.

The sponsors for the 2019 One Book, One Community project are as follows: Blair and Anna Zimmerman Foundation, Boltaron, Dominion Energy, Dover Exchange Club, Dr. Nathan Springer, First Federal Community Bank, Friends of the Claymont Public Library, Friends of the Dover Public Library, Friends of the Emma Huber Memorial Library, Friends of the Tuscarawas County Public Library, Gnadenhutten Public Library, Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church, Haman Family Foundation, Hugh Fraser Fund, Jeanne Souers Garcia Foundation, Kent State University at Tuscarawas, Tuscarawas County 4-H, Tuscarawas County Literacy Coalition, United Way of Tuscarawas County and Walmart.