(North Central Washington) A one-book regional read project is underway in North Central Washington. Called NCW Regional Read, this five-month project will bring communities together in activities to read and appreciate a novel by Spokane writer Jess Walter.
From now until mid-May, people throughout Chelan, Douglas, Ferry, Grant and Okanogan counties are encouraged to read the book, join in discussions and meet the author. The book is available at local bookstores at discounted prices and at regional libraries. NCW Regional Read is sponsored by Write on the River, the North Central Regional Library and A Book for All Seasons in Leavenworth.
Jess Walter has been a finalist for the National Book Award and the PEN/USA Literary prize. Beautiful Ruins is a New York Times best seller, and a New York Times and Washington Post notable book of the year.
Activities include library discussions, book club participation, and a talk by Jess Walter on Friday, May 16 at 6:30 p.m. in the Community Center, 504 Chelan Avenue, Wenatchee. This talk will be the keynote speech for the Write on the River Conference. The public is invited to attend while tickets last.
Library discussions of Beautiful Ruins will be held at:
• Wenatchee Library, Feb 20th 12:00 p.m.
• Twisp Library, March 19th 7:00 p.m.
• Waterville Library, April 2 10:00 a.m.
• Peshastin Library, April 15 1:00 p.m.
• Chelan Library, May 6, 6:00 p.m.
• East Wenatchee Library, May 8, 4:00 p.m.
• Leavenworth Library, May 22, 4:00 p.m.
Through May 15, the following bookstores are offering 15% off the book with a mention that the purchase is for the NCW Regional Read: A Book For All Seasons, Leavenworth; Hastings, Wenatchee; Riverwalk Books, Chelan; and Trails End Bookstore, Winthrop.
The cost of the Jess Walter talk for those not attending the conference is $15. Tickets (as well as conference registration) can be purchased at the Write on the River website begining on February 8: http://writeontheriver.org/north-central-washington-regional-read
. The cost of the event is included in the conference registration.