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What if…

everybody read the same book?

And what if readers had multiple opportunities, both formal and informal, to talk to each other about the book?

What if a wide variety of agencies, both public and private, came together to sponsor such a region-wide effort, thus declaring with one voice that reading is not only a source of individual pleasure, but a tool for community building?

And finally, what if the author come to our community to join in the discussion?

This is the idea that Jim Hepworth of Confluence Press brought to the Lewis-Clark Valley in 2000. He contacted Lewiston City Library and Asotin County Library and the program was born. Since then, our communities have read and discussed 14 different books and enjoyed interaction with the authors of those books. The program has expanded throughout the region to Lapwai, Pullman, Moscow, Colfax, Palouse, St. John, Nezperce, Asotin, Pomeroy and Dayton.

Grant organizations that have supported Everybody Reads include the Institute for Museums and Library Services, The Washington State Library, the Idaho Humanities Council and Humanities Washington.