Whatcom READS is a countywide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book.
The 2024 selection is Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe.

“A vulnerable and luminous debut set against the backdrop of Coast Salish ancestral land.” Lisa Gresham, Cascadia Daily News book review

Winner of the 2023 Washington State Book Award for Creative Nonfiction/MemoirRed Paint traces LaPointe’s personal story of trauma, healing and the search for home.
Place your hold at Whatcom County Library System or Bellingham Public Library or purchase your copy at Village Books

Author events with Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

Red Paint. The Ancestral autobiography of a coast salish punk by Sasha Lapointe

Book Discussion with Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe at Deming Library

March 14 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Deming Library, 5044 Mt. Baker Hwy, Deming Registration required for this in-person event. Register at https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11481747 Join ...
The Chuckanut Radio Hour with Sasha LaPointe

The Chuckanut Radio Hour Featuring Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

March 14 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm Spaces are limited and REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED to secure your spot so don’t delay.
Sasha LaPointe

Art and Craft of Writing with Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe at Northwest Indian College

March 15 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm Registration is required for this in-person event. https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11481759 Northwest Indian College 2522 Kwina Road, Bellingham Sasha ...
Red Paint by Sasha LaPointe

An Evening with Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe at the Mount Baker Theatre

March 15 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm This event is free to the public, however, tickets are required.
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Kristen Millares Young-and-Sasha-LaPointe

A Conversation with Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe

Online Event
March 16 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm Registration is open for this event. Register at https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11481788 This year’s Whatcom READS author ...
Congratulations to the Washington State Book Award Winners.
Red Paint: The Ancestral Autobiography of a Coast Salish Punk by Sasha taqʷšəblu LaPointe wins Washington State Book Award 

Community events inspired by Red Paint

John Halliday

Expired: What Is a Chief? How Native Values Can Teach Resilience with John Halliday

February 22, 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
PLEASE NOTE: This event was rescheduled from Feb. 17. This is the new date and ...
Whatcom Writes. One Book Together

Whatcom WRITES Group Reading

February 25 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11574023
(Note: this event has moved to the Jansen Art Center) Jansen Art Center, 321 ...
Allied Arts of Whatcom County

Art Challenge Deadline to Submit

February 27 Allied Arts of Whatcom County 1418 Cornwall Avenue, Bellingham ALLIED ARTS ART CHALLENGE EXHIBITION: March 1-30, 2024 The Art ...
Bellingham Public Library

Bellingham Reads Book Discussion features Red Paint (Online)

February 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
February 27 @ 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Join a ...
Cedar weaving

Cedar Weaving (Lynden Library)

March 2 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm Lynden Library, 216 4th Street, Lynden Registration required for this in-person event: https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11505867 Learn about cedar ...
Where the Language Lives by Janet Yoder

Janet Yoder presents Where the Language Lives: Vi Hilbert and the Gift of Lushootseed

March 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Mí sq’ eq’ ó, - Nooksack Tribal Community Building, 2515 Sulwhanon Drive, Everson https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11493701 Join ...
Josephine Ensign

Homelessness and the Meaning of Home with Josephine Ensign (Blaine Library)

https://wcls.libcal.com/event/11455491 March 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Blaine Library 610 3rd Street, Blaine Loss of a home, whether ...

Whatcom READS is in your earbuds, thanks to the Whatcom County Library System’s podcast, Library Stories. Listen to an oral history featuring the voices of Linda Lambert, Chuck and Dee Robinson, Paul Hanson and Christine Perkins.