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

Community events inspired by Red Paint

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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.