card header icon2018- Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng

The Nevada County Reads and Writes is pleased to announce the 20117-2018 book selection. Celeste Ng's Everything I Never Told You is the story of a Chinese American Family living in 1970s small-town Ohio.It is both gripping family drama and literary thriller that uncovers the ways in which mothers and daughters, fathers and sons, and husbands and wives struggle, all their lives, to understand one another.

Cover of the book Everything I Never Told You by Celeste Ng
For information about community events related to the book, click HERE.
For information about the student writing contest, click HERE.
Nevada County Reads and Writes is a collaborative project between the Nevada County Community Library and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, sponsored in part by a grant from Book-to-Action, a collaborative program between the California State Library and the California Center for the book, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.
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card header icon2017 - The Martian by Andy Weir

The Nevada County Reads and Writes is pleased to announce the 2016-17 book selection. Andy Weir's The Martin follows American astronaut Mark Watney as he becomes stranded alone on Mars in the year 2035 and must improvise to survive. The committee selected the book because it has wide appeal to youth and adults. With a strong emphasis on science and math, the opportunities for cross curricular instruction are exponential. Stay tuned for upcoming events.
book cover of astronaut, The martian, by Andy Weir

card header icon2016 - Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

"Bryan Stevenson is one of the most brilliant and influential lawyers of our time. He is the founder and executive director of the Equal Justice Initiative, a Montgomery, Alabama-based non-profit committed to fighting poverty and challenging racial discrimination in the criminal justice system. He has won relief for dozens of condemned prisoners, argued five times before the Supreme Court, and won national acclaim for his work challenging bias against the poor and people of color. His powerful memoir Just Mercy chronicles a case early in his career and has received glowing praise for its honesty and timeliness. Mr. Stevenson is a MacArthur “Genius” award recipient, a graduate of Harvard Law and the Harvard School of Government, and is on the faculty at New York University School of Law."
Lots of events for this one, including film screenings, community and panel discussions, and Bryan Stevenson himself speaking at CSU Chico, which will be live streamed at the Madelyn Helling (Nevada City) library!  Check out event details and links here.
This year's writing contest for high school students calls for fiction on one of these three themes:
  • abolishing the death penalty
  • prison conditions and extreme punishment
  • abuse of power by police and prosecutors
Note the deadline for the writing competition in March 31.

card header icon2015 - Trash by Andy Mulligan