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Hood River County Reads kickoff
March 7 @ 2:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Visit the Hood River Library on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. for the annual Hood River Reads kickoff which will include book distribution, art, and refreshments. This year’s selection is The Highest Tide by Jim Lynch.
The Friends of the Library will host events throughout March and April culminating in a writing workshop on Saturday April 18 at 10:00 a.m. and a visit from the author on Sunday, April 19 at 2 p.m.
Hood River County Reads is a county-wide project sponsored by the Friends of the Library. Their goal is to encourage readers of all ages to read and discuss books. They choose books and authors that reflect the diversity of their community and that will be shared widely with the county’s individuals and families.
On a moonlit night, thirteen-year-old Miles O’Malley, a speed-reading, Rachel Carson-obsessed insomniac out looking for tidal specimens in Puget Sound, discovers a giant squid stranded on the beach. As the first person to see a giant squid alive, he finds himself hailed as a prophet. But Miles is really just a kid on the verge of growing up, infatuated with the girl next door, worried that his bickering parents will divorce, and fearful that everything, even the bay he loves, is shifting away from him. As the sea continues to offer up discoveries from its mysterious depths, Miles struggles to deal with the difficulties that attend the equally mysterious process of growing up. This book is full of lyricism, briny honesty, good humor, and represents the ebb and flow of nature .
“In his superb first novel, Olympia’s Jim Lynch has achieved a unique literary Triple Crown: 1) best coming-of-age novel set in the Pacific Northwest in recent memory; 2) best novel to resurrect the writing of the visionary Rachel Carson; 3) best novel to educate people about that mysteriously awesome place where freshwater meets the sea.”-Oregon