About the book selection process

Title/Author possibilities are gathered throughout the year by members of the Whatcom READS! Steering Committee, a group made up of representatives from each of the seven founding institutions.  Titles are then discussed and a selection is made based on the following criteria:

  • Author must be available to visit Whatcom County;
  • Author must be an engaging speaker;
  • Book must have appeal to a wide range of readers;
  • Book must have cultural, historical, or local interest.

Authors through the years

Other considerations include:

  • Availability of the book in multiple formats (for example, paperback, large print, audio, other languages, a film tie-in);
  • Affordability of the author honorarium fee (Whatcom READS! is funded solely through grants and donations).

Titles for the following year will be selected each spring. The committee welcomes your suggestions.


Support Whatcom READS! Donations directly support programs and materials. For example:

  • Your $125 donation helps us purchase 10 copies of A Tale for the Time Being, organized in a book club kit available for check out from all public libraries in Whatcom County.
  • Your $200 donation helps us purchase 20 copies of A Tale for the Time Being for "free-range" book distribution throughout Whatcom County. 
  • Your $500 donation helps us support the travel expense of bringing award-winning, best-selling authors to our area. 

​Whatcom READS! is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, making your contributions tax deductible. 

Mail your check to: Whatcom READS! c/o Whatcom READS! Treasurer, Whatcom County Library System, 5205 Northwest Drive, Bellingham, WA 98226.