More information from Nolan Exe’s presentation Botany of the Pacific Northwest

If you missed Nolan Exe’s presentation on Saturday, December 11, or if you attended and want to dive deeper into the subject  you can view the slideshow and check out our booklist. Discover wildflowers, berries, trees, and more local flora with these guides to the plants of the Pacific Northwest, inspired by the presentation Download Nolan’s slideshow … Read more

Whatcom READS announces community programs and conversations that explore 2022 book selection, Greenwood by Michael Christie

BELLINGHAM/WHATCOM COUNTY, WA – The 2022 Whatcom READS selection is the generational saga Greenwood by Canadian author Michael Christie. With trees as a guiding metaphor, Greenwood charts a family’s rise and fall and the “hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.” “We think local readers will enjoy not only author Michael Christie’s writing and the … Read more

Whatcom READS announces 2022 book selection

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – March 5, 2021 – Bellingham/Whatcom County, WA— The novel Greenwood by Canadian author Michael Christie is the Whatcom READS 2022 book selection. The announcement was made at the close of a March 4 event featuring Esi Edugyan, author of the 2021 featured title, Washington Black. Publisher Penguin Random House describes Greenwood … Read more

Whatcom READS works with local partners to create experiences that enhance book club discussions of this year’s featured title, Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

Feb. 12, 2021 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE BELLINGHAM, WA – Whatcom READS announces new book club experiences to enhance discussions of this year’s featured title, Washington Black by award winning author Esi Edugyan. The programs include book club discussion questions and resources; a chance to schedule a facilitated book discussion with local social justice leaders; … Read more

Help us find our 2023 selection

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Wondering how we choose our featured book? We’re glad you asked because we need your ideas. Whatcom READS is our community book club, so book suggestions from local readers is an important step in the selection process. It’s easy to do. Send an email with your book recommendation to Please include the title, author and … Read more

Continue the conversation with racial equity resources

Whatcom READS events are intended to be community conversation-starters. Continue the dialogue with these local resources and events. We hope these links provide new opportunities to learn, grow and connect with our wonderful community. EVENTS Celebrate King’s life and legacy on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Jr. Day of … Read more

Whatcom READS invites public to join online events and book discussions

Whatcom READS invites public to join online events and book discussions leading up to March 4-5 video appearances by Washington Black author Esi Edugyan BELLINGHAM, WA – Whatcom READS, Bellingham and Whatcom County’s annual countywide book club, kicks off 2021 with a thought-provoking slate of programs inspired by this year’s featured title, Washington Black by … Read more

Cascadia Weekly article: The Long Arc of Slavery

Amy Kepferle, Arts & Entertainment Editor for the Cascadia Weekly writes about the power and hope in  Canadian author Esi Edugyan’s book Washington Black and the story’s relevance in today’s world: “The collective of libraries and community partners in Bellingham and throughout Whatcom County who selected Washington Black as the 2021 pick for the annual countywide book club … Read more

Whatcom READS announces 2021 book selection

BELLINGHAM, WA – Washington Black by Canadian author Esi Edugyan is the Whatcom READS 2021 book selection. Author Eowyn Ivey, who wrote this year’s Whatcom READS featured title To the Bright Edge of the World, made the announcement at the close of her Thursday, March 5 author event at the Mount Baker Theatre. Bestselling novelist … Read more