Hood River County Reads is an annual community reading adventure. This year, Hood River County is reading “Ricochet River,” by Robin Cody, a coming-of-age story set in a small Oregon logging town in the 1960s.
Free copies of the book are available (while supplies last) at the Hood River, Cascade Locks and Parkdale libraries, and will also be available for check-out.
The author will give a public reading at Hood River Library on Sunday, April 14, at 2 p.m.
“Ricochet River,” set in the fictional Oregon logging town of Calamus in the 1960s, follows three friends: Wade, the local sports hero; Lorna, a bright, independent young woman; and Jesse, the new Indian boy in town. These three teens bond over sports, fishing and their pasts and plans as they try desperately to go beyond their small-town lives.
Cody lives in Portland and is also author of “Another Way the River Has: Taut True Tales from the Northwest” and “Voyage of a Summer Sun.”
The alternate selection this year, for younger readers, is “Something to Hold,” by Katherine Schlick Noe. Noe’s novel is based on her own childhood experiences. It centers on the young woman Kitty as she grows up as one of the only white girls on the Warm Springs Reservation in Oregon.
Noe is professor of education and director of literacy in the College of Education at Seattle University.
The goal of Hood River County Reads is to encourage readers of all ages to read and discuss books. Hood River County Reads titles represent the diversity of the Hood River County community and can be shared widely throughout the area.
Hood River County Reads is sponsored and supported by the Friends of the Hood River County Library, with additional support from the Hood River County Education Foundation, Hood River County Library Foundation, Starseed Foundation and generous individuals.
Upcoming events include:
n March 10, 2-4 p.m.: Panel discussion, “Fish, Fishing and the River,” at Hood River Library
n March 17, 2-4 p.m.: “Friendship: Reviving, Surviving, or Dying?”, an Oregon Humanities Conversation Project discussion with Courtney Campbell and Lani Roberts, at Hood River Library
n March 21, 6:30-8 p.m.: Hood River Library book club reads “Ricochet River,” with a visit by the author, at Hood River Library
n March 21, 6:30-8 p.m.: Cascade Locks book club reads “Ricochet River.” Call the Cascade Locks Library at 541-374-9317 for location.
n April 6, 2-4 p.m.: Panel discussion, “Native American Perspective, Story and Sense of Place”
n April 14, 2-4 p.m.: Public presentation by Robin Cody, at Hood River Library
n April 25, 7-8:30 p.m.: Katherine Schlick Noe, “Writing from Real Life: The Story Behind Something to Hold,” at Hood River Library
These programs are free and open to the public. Both books, as well as Cody’s two nonfiction books, are available at the Hood River, Cascade Locks and Parkdale libraries.
For more information contact the Hood River County Library District at 541-386-2535 or firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit http://hoodriverli-brary.org.