The Redmond Regional Library’s second “One Book, One Redmond, One Summer” reading campaign is underway. The intent is to get as many Redmond teens and adults as possible to read and discuss the same book — and to have them participate in meetings with the author and illustrator in early fall.
This year’s book selection is “The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-time Indian” written by Sherman Alexie and illustrated by Ellen Forney.
It’s based on Alexie’s real-life experiences growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation and then venturing out into the “white” world.
“Most people think of it as an easy read,” said Redmond librarian Andrew McClung. It was chosen by the Friends of the Library because of its mixture of humor, pathos and social themes. It also won the National Book Award.
McClung is excited that Redmond audiences will also have a chance to meet Forney, whose unique comic art has been seen at the Cartoon Art Museum in San Francisco, the Museum of American Illustration in New York and in Nickelodeon Magazine.
Forney and Alexie will visit with students at Redmond High School during school hours on Thursday, Sept. 25. That evening, the public is invited to meet them at the Redmond High School Performing Arts Center.
It is hoped, of course, that you will have “done your homework” and read the book by then — as well as chatting it up with your friends and neighbors.
The Redmond Regional Library, 15990 NE 85th St., has plenty of copies for individuals and book groups. A free program guide with suggested topics and a list of community discussion events is also available at the library.
If you’d like to plan ahead, here are details on the book discussions and the author and illustrator appearances.
• 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 4, Soul Food Books, 15748 Redmond Way.
• 10 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 11, McDonald’s Book Exchange, 16415 NE 83rd St.; please note that this is the correct address. The address printed on the program guide and bookmarks for the “One Book, One Summer, One Redmond” campaign was incorrect.
• 4 p.m. Monday, Sept. 15, Cascade Club at Trilogy, 23225 NE Greens Crossing Rd.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 18, Borders Books & Music Cafe, 16549 NE 74th St.
• 1 p.m. Friday, Sept. 19, Redmond Senior Center, 8703 160th Ave. NE.
• 7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 23, Redmond City Hall Lobby, 15670 NE 85th St.
• 7 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 24, Redmond City Hall Lobby, 15670 NE 85th St.
• 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 25, meet the author and illustrator at Redmond High School Performing Arts Center, 17272 NE 104th St.
For additional information, call (425) 885-1861 or visit the “One Book, One Redmond, One Summer” blog at one-book-redmond.blogspot.com.
Mary Stevens Decker can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or at (425)867-0353.