Our 2019 Book Selection

The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire that Saved America
By Timothy Egan

The story of the nation’s biggest wildfire – an apocalyptic blaze that burned an area the size of Connecticut in a weekend. No living person had ever seen a fire with the ferocity, speed, and destructive power of the Big Burn of 1910. Equally dramatic is the larger story of Teddy Roosevelt and Gifford Pinchot, and the creation myth of the U.S. Forest Service.

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Read the Book, Join the Conversation!

It is available in various formats at all public libraries in Bellingham and Whatcom County, and from your favorite local independent book store, Village Books!

Look for our posters throughout Whatcom County, our Whatcom READS pop-up table at select community events, and themed events scheduled prior to Timothy Egan’s March 2019 visit.

Author Visits March 7-8, 2019

Author Timothy Egan is scheduled to visit our area in March 2019 at events scheduled in Bellingham and Whatcom County. All events free-of-charge and open to the public! Stay tuned to our calendar of events for details!

A Book Group For the Whole Community!

Whatcom READS is a county-wide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. Read more about Whatcom READS