Whatcom READS announces 2021 book selection

BELLINGHAM, WAWashington 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.

Photo of Esi Edugyan and her book Washington Black
Esi Edugyan and her novel Washington Black

Bestselling novelist Esi Edugyan writes richly imagined and impeccably researched stories that illuminate complicated truths about race and belonging. She is only the third writer to twice win the Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada’s most prestigious literary award. Washington Black, her third novel, was included in numerous best books of the year lists when it was published in 2018.

Leading up to Edugyan’s visit to Bellingham and Whatcom County in March 2021, the Whatcom READS planning committee will work with community groups to create programs that explore themes from Washington Black. Watch Whatcom READS website and social media pages for updates and to get involved.

Events with this year’s author Eowyn Ivey continue through Saturday, March 7. Learn more at whatcomreads.org.

About Whatcom READS: Now in its 12th year, Whatcom READS is a countywide program that encourages everyone to read and discuss the same book. It is presented by all the public and academic libraries in Bellingham and Whatcom County and community partner Village Books. Funding sponsors are Friends of the Bellingham Public Library and Whatcom County Library Foundation. Whatcom READS is generously supported by numerous community collaborators.  Check out Washington Black at the library or purchase it from Village Books, which donates 10% of all sales to Whatcom READS. Learn more at whatcomreads.org