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Hood River County Reads Kick-Off Event

March 19, 2017 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

Visit the library to grab a free copy of the 2017 Hood River County Reads book: Ordinary Grace by William Kent Krueger – refreshments provided.

Hood River County Reads is a county-wide project sponsored by the Friends of the Library. The goal is to encourage readers of all ages to read and discuss books. They choose books and authors that reflect the diversity of our community and can be shared with our county’s individuals and families.

ORDINARY GRACE by William Kent Krueger

Ordinary Grace is about a small town in Minnesota in 1961, a time of innocence and hope for a country with a new, young president. But for thirteen-year-old Frank Drum it is a summer in which death assumed many forms. When tragedy unexpectedly comes to his family, which includes his Methodist minister father, his passionate, artistic mother, Juilliard-bound older sister, and wise-for-his-age kid brother, Frank finds himself thrust into an adult world full of secrets, lies, and betrayal. Told from Frank’s perspective forty years after that fateful summer, it is a moving account of a boy trying to understand a world that seems to be falling apart around him and is calling on him to demonstrate a maturity and gumption beyond his years. It is an unforgettable novel about discovering the terrible price of wisdom and the endurance of ordinary grace.


The author William Kent Krueger is the author of the New York Times best-selling, award-winning Cork O’Connor mystery series. Although he spent his childhood in numerous cities and states, Krueger has stated that some of his best years were spent in Hood River while in high school. He briefly attended Stanford University, logged timber, worked construction, tried his hand at freelance journalism, and eventually ended up researching child development at the University of Minnesota.
His work has received numerous awards, including the Minnesota Book Award, the Loft-McKnight Fiction Award, the Anthony Award, the Barry Award, and the Friends of American Writers Prize. His last five novels were all New York Times bestsellers. Ordinary Grace received the Edgar Award, given by the Mystery Writers of America in recognition for the best novel published in 2013, the 2014 DILYS award, and the School Library Journal best book award in 2013. He currently makes his living as a full-time author and lives in St. Paul with his family.


March 19, 2017
2:00 pm - 3:30 pm




Hood River Library
502 State St.
Hood River, OR 97031 United States
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