Everyone is Reading


Howe Library's one book, one community event.

In 1998, Seattle Public librarian Nancy Pearl developed the idea for a program that would bring people together by reading and discussing the same book at the same time. The idea soon spread around the country, reaching all the way to a small town in New Hampshire. Each year since 2009, Howe Library has invited the Upper Valley community to read the same book and join us for programming around themes found in the book. 
 
Everyone is Reading 2020:
Written during the beginning of the pandemic, Intimations by Zadie Smith is a reflection of those first uncertain months.  Written in New York and London, the six essays are personal and thought provoking, touching on the lockdown, racial tensions, societal issues, and the act of writing.  
 
Please join us:
Copies of the book can be checked out by any Upper Valley resident; a Howe Library card is not required to borrow a copy. 
We hope you will give the book a try.  (It is a short book at 100 pages).
 
 
Program Schedule: 
 
-In the spirit of Smith documenting her thoughts, we are inviting you to an Everyone is Reading journaling program.  Register at: http://howelibrary.readsquared.com/
 
-Sunday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.
Present Moment, Prolific Moment: Using Mindfulness to Write 
Made possible by a grant from New Hampshire Humanities
 
-Thursday, November 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Intimations Panel Discussion with Dartmouth RMS
Cosponsored with the Dartmouth Consortium of Studies in Race, Migration, and Sexuality
 
-Thursday, November 12 at 6:30 p.m.
Intimations Book Discussion
 
 
Past Everyone is Reading selections:
    2019
Walking to
Listen
Andrew 
Forsthoefel
  2018
The Lady in Gold
Anne-Marie
O'Connor
  2017
Etta and
Otto and Russell
and James
Emma Hooper
 
                            
  2016
The Soul of an Octopus
Sy Montgomery
  2015
A Walk in the Woods
Bill Bryson
  2014
The Beekeeper's Apprentice
Laurie R. King
 
       
    2013
The Story of Charlotte's Web
Michael Sims
   Moby Duck book cover 2012
Moby-Duck
Donovan Hahn
   Wisest man in America book cover 2011
The Wisest Man in America
W. D. Wetherell
 
       
  Strength in what remains book cover   2010
Strength in What Remains
Tracy Kidder
   March book cover 2009
March
Geraldine Brooks
       

Suggest a title:
If you read a book that would be a good candidate for next year, please let us know by emailing reference@thehowe.org.

Keep in mind that the book must:
be well-written
have a compelling story that raises interesting questions
suggest varied programming possibilities
appeal to men and women
be available in paperback
have fewer than 350 pages