“There is no doubt in the power of books and libraries to bring people and communities together. In 1998, famous Seattle librarian Nancy Pearl initiated a city-wide reading program “If All of Seattle Read the Same Book.” Its success led to various off shoots throughout the years and across the nation in which readers come together to read the featured title or participate in related events like film screenings, performances, author appearances, and really just about anything that can be thought up!
The wonderful libraries in our surrounding counties are gearing up with their own versions of “One City, One Book”. We’ve compiled a list of these programs. Click on each one to get more information.”
That was from earlier this year. How time flies! You can get a head start with these 2013 titles.
Multnomah County Library’s Everybody Reads (11 years!)- “The Everybody Reads 2013 author is Sherman Alexie. The 11th annual community reading project will feature two works by one author: The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, for young adults, and Ten Little Indians, a collection of short stories, for adults.”
North Plains’ One Book One Community (6th year!)- Mink River by Brian Doyle
Lake Oswego Reads (7th year!)- Running the Rift by Naomi Benaron
Oregon City’s Community Wide Read (5th year!)- Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed
West Linn Reads– Sometimes a Great Notion by Ken Kesey
Portland Community College (PCC Reads)- Girl in Translation by Jean Kwok- I included this because I thought it was cool they have a similar program. (Plus, they do have libraries!) Previous selections included “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian” by SHerman Alexie (2010), “The Girl Who Fell From the Sky” by Heidi Durrow (2011), and “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot (2012).
Did we miss any? What do you think of this year’s selections?