Through their annual community reading program, NCRL Reads, the library district connects people across the five counties and 30 library branches they serve by inviting everyone to read the same book, a book that sparks conversations, curiosity, and learning.
“Due to the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 Pandemic, we are moving to a virtual platform for NCRL Reads this year. Additionally, we are expanding the program to feature several events throughout the summer. We hope these programs offer opportunities for connection, respite, encouragement, and inspiration.” said Amanda Brack, NCRL’s adult services manager.
All NCRL Reads events are free and open to the public. Events will be held through the Zoom digital meeting platform. To participate, register through NCRL’s online calendar at www.ncrl.org. Registrants will receive and email with the Zoom meeting information. During each event, attendees will hear from the author and then have an opportunity to submit questions through the chat feature for the author to answer live.
Tuesday, June 2 at 7 p.m.: Noé Alvarez’s debut memoir, Spirit Run is the electrifying story of a son of working-class Mexican immigrants who fled a life of labor in fruit-packing plants to run in an indigenous marathon from Canada to Guatemala, reimagining North America and his place in it. Learn more at www.spiritrunbook.com.
Tuesday, June 23 at 4 p.m.: Kristin Hannah is an award-winning and bestselling author of more than 20 novels including the international blockbuster, The Nightingale, Winter Garden, Night Road, and Firefly Lane. Her novel, The Nightingale, has been published in 43 languages and is currently in movie production by TriStar Pictures, which also optioned her novel, The Great Alone.
Kristin is a former-lawyer-turned writer who lives in the Pacific Northwest with her husband. Learn more at www.kristinhannah.com.
July 7, 2020 at 7 p.m.: Peter Heller is an award winning adventure writer and bestselling author. His most recent novel, The River, is the story of two college students on a wilderness canoe trip — a gripping tale of friendship tested by fire, white water, and violence. He has also written Celine, The Painter, and The Dog Stars. His non-fiction work includes Kook, The Whale Warriors, Hell or High Water, and Catching the Perfect Wave.
Peter Heller is a longtime contributor to NPR and a former contributing editor at Outside Magazine, Men’s Journal, and National Geographic Adventure. He holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop in poetry and fiction and lives in Denver, CO. Learn more at www.peterheller.net.
Tuesday, July 28 at 7 p.m.: Blake Crouch is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter. He is the author of the novel, Dark Matter, for which he is writing the screenplay for Sony Pictures. His international-bestselling Wayward Pines trilogy was adapted into a television series for FOX. With Chad Hodge, Crouch also created Good Behavior, the TNT television show starring Michelle Dockery based on his Letty Dobesh novellas. He has written over a dozen novels that have been translated into over thirty languages. Crouch lives in Colorado. Learn more at www.blakecrouch.com.
NCRL’s mission is to connect the people of North Central Washington to vital resources and opportunities that foster individual growth and strengthen communities. For more information, visit www.ncrl.org.