Concord Reads is a citywide literary event encouraging community members to read and discuss the same book. Celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community.
Concord Reads 2019 - What do you want to read?!
The selection process for the 2019 Concord Reads title has begun and we want to know what you'd like to read! Have you read any good books lately that you think your neighbors would enjoy as well? Tell us about them by submitting a Concord Reads Book Recommendation form!
Past Concord Reads Programs
2018: Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
2017: Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea by Steve Callahan
2016: When Books went to War by Molly Guptil Manning
2012: Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
2011: Outcasts United by Warren St. John
2008: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2007: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2006: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
2005: Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian
2004: The works of poet and author Donald Hall
2003: Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2002: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder
The goal of Concord Reads is to celebrate the written word and to build social capital. Concord Reads brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book.
When choosing a title the committee considers many things, including if it appeals to a wide audience, has issues that the community can relate to or that would spark interesting discussions, if it has received any recognition or awards, if the author or another speaker is available, if it is available in paperback and any other formats, how long it is, and if the reading level is accessible to a wide audience.