Nevada County Reads & Writes! 2018

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Nevada County Reads & Writes! 2018 presents 

Everything I Never Told You 

by Celeste Ng

Celeste Ng's book, Everything I Never Told You, is many things: a thriller and mystery, but also a look into suicide and mental health, expectations of oneself and family, race and culture in America, communication, and gender identity.  Please join the Nevada County community in reading and discussing this meaningful and timely story.

NevadaCounty ReadWrite

The Nevada County Community Library and the Nevada County Superintendent of Schools invites everyone to take part in the Nevada County Reads and Writes! 2018, a project designed to deepen engagement in literature through reading and discussion.  This annual event was created in 2005, wherein the entire community is encouraged to read the featured book simultaneously and participate in subject related school and community events.



Student Writing Guidelines

In its eighth year, Nevada County Writes is a writing competition for high school students. There is an awards and public readings event of the winning papers in which all participating students are recognized.

The deadline date for Nevada County Writes student submissions will be midnight on Wednesday, February 21, 2018. Awards are as follows:

1st PLACE: $200

2nd PLACE: $100

3rd PLACE: $75

Allow the writer in you to be expressed and be part of this inspiring program!





  • 4/12 - Community Mental Health Event (Madelyn Helling Library, Nevada City)
  • 4/18 - Book Talk (Truckee Library)
  • 4/19 - Young Adult Author Panel (Universalist Unitarian Community of the Mountains, Grass Valley)

Stay tuned for more details!

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this county-wide program. Nevada County Reads & Writes is funded in part by Book-to-Action, a collaborative program between the California State Library and the California Center for the book, supported by the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

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Previous Year's Selections

  1. 2017
  2. 2016
  3. 2015
  4. 2014
  5. 2013
  6. 2012
  7. 2011

the MartianThe Martian by Andy Weir

Six days ago, astronaut Mark Watney became one of the first people to walk on Mars. Now, he's sure he'll be the first person to die there. After a dust storm nearly kills him and forces his crew to evacuate while thinking him dead, Mark finds himself stranded and completely alone with no way to even signal Earth that he's alive--and even if he could get word out, his supplies would be gone long before a rescue could arrive. Chances are, though, he won't have time to starve to death. The damaged machinery, unforgiving environment, or plain-old 'human error' are much more likely to kill him first. But Mark isn't ready to give up yet. Drawing on his ingenuity, his engineering skills--and a relentless, dogged refusal to quit--he steadfastly confronts one seemingly insurmountable obstacle after the next. Will his resourcefulness be enough to overcome the impossible odds against him?"

One of the best thrillers I’ve read in a long time. It feels so  real it could almost be nonfiction, and yet it has the narrative drive  and power of a rocket launch. This is Apollo 13 times ten.”
Douglas Preston, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Impact and Blasphemy 

A book I just couldn’t put down! It has the very rare combination of a good, original story,  interestingly real characters and fascinating technical accuracy…reads  like “MacGyver” meets “Mysterious Island.”
Astronaut Chris Hadfield, Commander of the International Space Station and author of An Astronaut’s Guide to Life on Earth 

"The best book I've read in ages. Clear your schedule before you crack the seal. This story will take your breath away faster than a hull breech. Smart, funny, and white-knuckle intense, The Martian is everything you want from a novel."
— Hugh Howey, New York Times bestselling author of Wool

  1. 2010
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  3. 2008
  4. 2007
  5. 2006
  6. 2005

Snow Falling on Cedars

Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson

San Piedro, a small island in the Pacific Northwest, is home to salmon fishermen and strawberry farmers. It is also home to many Japanese-Americans. Snow Falling on Cedars opens in Judge Lew Fielding's courtroom as the trial of one of these Japanese-Americans, Kabuo Miyamoto, who is on trial for killing fellow fisherman Carl Heine, Jr., commences.

First-novelist Guterson presents a multilayered courtroom drama set in the aftermath of the internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII. -- Publishers Weekly

"Haunting. . . . A whodunit complete with courtroom maneuvering and surprising turns of evidence and at the same time a mystery, something altogether richer and deeper." -- Los Angeles Times