Nevada County Reads & Writes 2020

Nevada County Reads & Writes 2020 presents 

Station 11 book jacket

Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

An audacious, darkly glittering novel set in the eerie days of civilization's collapse, Station Eleven tells the spellbinding story of a Hollywood star, his would-be savior, and a nomadic group of actors roaming the scattered outposts of the Great Lakes region, risking everything for art and humanity.

One snowy night a famous Hollywood actor slumps over and dies onstage during a production of King Lear. Hours later, the world as we know it begins to dissolve. Moving back and forth in time-from the actor's early days as a film star to fifteen years in the future, when a theater troupe known as the Traveling Symphony roams the wasteland of what remains - this suspenseful, elegiac, spellbinding novel charts the strange twists of fate that connect five people: the actor, the man who tried to save him, the actor's first wife, his oldest friend, and a young actress with the Traveling Symphony, caught in the cross-hairs of a dangerous self-proclaimed prophet.

Sometimes terrifying, sometimes tender, Station Eleven tells a story about the relationships that sustain us, the ephemeral nature of fame, and the beauty of the world as we know it.

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 2020, 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.

Calendar of Events

March

3/3 - Kick off Panel at the Nevada Theater

3/4 - Songs of the Community at the Truckee Welcome Center

3/5 - Shakespeare Readers theater at the Madelyn Helling Library

3/6 - Fun in the Post Apocalypse at the Grass Valley Library 

3/10 - YA Book Discussion at the Madelyn Helling Library 

3/11 - Songs of Community at the Rood Center

3/13 - Fun in the Post Apocalypse at Penn Valley Station

3/17 - Make a Map for Survivors at the Truckee Library

3/19 - Film Series: King Lear at the Madelyn Helling Library

3/19 - YA Book Discussion at the Grass Valley Library 

3/20 - Forever Young Book Club at Flour Garden Bakery

3/21 - Graphic Novel Day at the Madelyn Helling Library

3/24 - Make a Map for Survivors at Bear River Station

3/25 - YA Book Discussion at the Truckee Library

3/26 - PV Page Turners Book Discussion at Penn Valley Station

 3/26 -  Film Series: After Earth at the Madelyn Helling Library

3/27 - Fun in the Post Apocalypse at the Madelyn Helling Library

3/28 - Wilderness Survival Skills Workshop at the Truckee Library

3/31 - Make a Map for Survivors at the Madelyn Helling Library

April

4/1 - Kids Book Discussion at the Madelyn Helling Library

4/1 - Kids Book Discussion at the Truckee Library

4/2 - Film Series: The 5th Wave at the Madelyn Helling Library

4/3 - Fun in the Post Apocalypse at the Truckee Library

4/4 - Wilderness Survival Skills Workshop at the Madelyn Helling Library 

4/7 - Make a Map for Survivors at Penn Valley Station

4/8 - Tween/Teen Book Discussion at the Grass Valley Library

4/8 - Bookworms Book Discussion at Bear River Station

4/9 - Film Series: Mortal Engines at the Madelyn Helling Library

4/10 - Songs of Community at the Grass Valley Library

4/11 - Fun in the Post Apocalypse at Bear River Station

4/13 - Book Discussion in Grass Valley 

4/14 - Make a Map for Survivors at the Grass Valley Library

4/16 - Film Series: Contagion at the Madelyn Helling Library

4/17 - Finale: Author Event at Grass Valley Veterans Memorial Building

4/20 - "Just Books" Book Club Discussion at the Truckee Library

Please go to: http://madelynhelling.evanced.info/signup/Calendar for a detailed list of all NCRW events.

Thank you to the following organizations for supporting this county-wide program. Nevada County Reads & Writes is funded in part by the NEA Big Read, a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest, Nevada County Arts Council, Nevada County Superintendent of Schools, Nevada County Friends of the Library and In Concert Sierra.

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Previous Year's Selections

  1. 2019
  2. 2018
  3. 2017
  4. 2016

Ties that Bind Book

Ties That Bind: Stories of Love & Gratitude from the First Ten Years of StoryCorps

 by Dave Isay

Ties That Bind honors the people who nourish and strengthen us. StoryCorps founder Dave Isay draws from ten years of the revolutionary oral history project’s rich archives, collecting conversations that celebrate the power of the human bond and capture the moment at which individuals become family. Between blood relations, friends, coworkers, and neighbors, in the most trying circumstances and in the unlikeliest of places, enduring connections are formed and lives are forever changed.

"The collection successfully fulfills its mission: to make readers feel 'more connected, awake, and alive.'"                  -Publishers Weekly

"[T]ruly inspiring...scores of autobiographical stories about the life-changing connections that make us who we are." - Barnes and Noble 



  1. 2015
  2. 2014
  3. 2013
  4. 2012
  5. 2011

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Trash by Andy Mulligan

Three young teens, trash-picker living in the city dump of an unnamed  third-world country, discover a mysterious bag one morning, triggering a chain of events that will change their lives forever. Raphael, Gordo,  and Rat take turns nar-rating the story of how they uncover a network of political corruption and abuse of the poor. Each puzzle the boys solve  leads to yet a new riddle for them to work out. The chase leads them  throughout the city, exposing the great disparity be-tween the “haves”  and the “have nots,” and the huge injustice this represents. Several  run-ins with the police make it clear that getting caught means death  for the three boys.

“Trash is a compelling read. The action is riveting and the secret codes throughout will appeal mystery fans” - School Library Journal, starred review

“This gripping book engages readers both as an adventure and as a social  justice story. Readers will be satisfied by the cinematic conclusion and the noble decision the heroes make.” - Publishers Weekly, starred review

"The three boys, and others, act as alternating narrators of the story,  giving vivid descriptions of their lives. In spite of this, the boys’  hope and determination for justice and the dilemmas they face with so  much courage will impress readers. Recommended." - Library Media Connection

  1. 2010
  2. 2009
  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