There’s nothing like sharing a good book with a friend. So how about sharing a good book with a whole community? That’s the goal of the annual “Hood River County Reads”—more than a month of community activities and presentations centered on a book everyone has read.
This year there will actually be two books as the focus of Hood River Reads, both coming-of-age stories: “Ricochet River,” by Robin Cody, about three friends in a small Oregon logging town in the 1960s, and “Something to Hold,” by Katherine Schlick Noe, about a girl on the Warm Springs Reservation. Noe’s book is intended for the younger readers who might not be able to appreciate “Ricochet River.”
Cody’s novel follows teenagers Wade (the local sports hero), Lorna (a bright and independent young woman) and Jesse (the new Native American boy in town) as they bond and try desperately to move beyond their small town lives in the fictional town of Calamus, Ore.
Noe’s “Something to Hold” features a young woman named Kitty and is based on her own experiences growing up as one of the only white girls on the reservation.
Many events are scheduled in March and April, with the kick-offs set for March 3, 2-4 p.m., at the main library and March 5, 5-7 p.m., at the Cascade Locks and Parkdale branches. Robin Cody is expected to attend the March 3 event.
Copies of the books will be available for free at all the kick-offs and, as long as supplies last, at all three libraries afterward. They will also be available for check-out and for sale from Waucoma Bookstore.
The next big event will be a panel discussion on the current status of fish and fishing in the Columbia River and its tributaries, set for 2 p.m. on Sunday, March 10, in the main library. Experts on intertribal fisheries, the hatcheries, the watershed, the environment, and other relevant subjects are expected to participate.
Further events scheduled so far include an Oregon Humanities Chautauqua Conversation featuring Courtney Campbell and Lani Roberts, Native American storytellers visiting to present “Native American Perspective: Story and Sense of Place,” and of course the series of events concludes with visits and presentations from the two authors, Robin Cody and Katherine Schlick Noe.
Watch the Hood River News and the library district’s website for further details. All the events are open to the public and free.
The purpose of Hood River County Reads is not only to encourage reading but to encourage readers of all ages to come together to experience and discuss books representing the diversity of Hood River County.
Books from previous years have included “Bat 6,” by Virginia Euwer Wolff, “River Song,” by Craig Lesley, “Stubborn Twig,” by Lauren Kessler, “Hearts of Horses,” by Molly Gloss, and “The Circuit,” by Francisco Jimenez. This month there will be a display in the main library of all these books.
Family Movie Night concludes March 2 with “The Secret of Arriety”.
The film starts at 5:30 p.m. Pretzels and apples are served and one copy of the featured book will be given away at each movie.