Concord Reads

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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?!

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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!

For more information on upcoming Concord Reads programs and events, stop by the library and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram:

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

2014-2015: The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters

2013: Maxine Kumin's three books: Inside the Halo and Beyond, Where I Live: New & Selected Poems, 1990-2010,

Women, Animals & Vegetables: Essays & Stories.

2012: Weight of Water by Anita Shreve

2011: Outcasts United by Warren St. John

2010: Firoozeh Dumas’ two books Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent 

2009: “How one person can make a difference” - theme with two books:
Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and The Soloist by Steve Lopez

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.