Everybody Reads

Everybody Reads is a regional program that builds a shared reading experience around a single book to foster curiosity, spark discussion and celebrate a love of story and community engagement.

Since 2000, Lewis-Clark Valley and Palouse libraries have read and discussed a wide variety of different books and welcomed the authors of those books into their communities for a shared reading experience.

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

Participating Libraries

Check out a copy of this years Everybody Reads selection at any of the following locations.

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2020 Everybody Reads Selection

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Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore

BY MATTHEW SULLIVAN

When a bookshop patron commits suicide, his favorite store clerk must unravel the puzzle he left behind in this fiendishly clever debut novel from an award-winning short story writer.

Lydia Smith lives her life hiding in plain sight. A clerk at the Bright Ideas bookstore, she keeps a meticulously crafted existence among her beloved books, eccentric colleagues, and the BookFrogs—the lost and lonely regulars who spend every day marauding the store’s overwhelmed shelves.

But when Joey Molina, a young, beguiling BookFrog, kills himself in the bookstore’s upper room, Lydia’s life comes unglued. Always Joey’s favorite bookseller, Lydia has been bequeathed his meager worldly possessions. Trinkets and books; the detritus of a lonely, uncared for man. But when Lydia flips through his books she finds them defaced in ways both disturbing and inexplicable. They reveal the psyche of a young man on the verge of an emotional reckoning. And they seem to contain a hidden message. What did Joey know? And what does it have to do with Lydia?

As Lydia untangles the mystery of Joey’s suicide, she unearths a long buried memory from her own violent childhood. Details from that one bloody night begin to circle back. Her distant father returns to the fold, along with an obsessive local cop, and the Hammerman, a murderer who came into Lydia’s life long ago and, as she soon discovers, never completely left. Bedazzling, addictive, and wildly clever, Midnight at the Bright Ideas Bookstore is a heart-pounding mystery that perfectly captures the intellect and eccentricity of the bookstore milieu and will keep you guessing until the very last page.

Previous Everybody Reads Selections

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2018

Emily Ruskovich, Idaho

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2017

S.M. Hulse, Black River

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2016

Malcolm Brooks, Painted Horses

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2015

Anthony Doerr, All the Light We Cannot See

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2014

Erin Saldin, The Girls of No Return

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2013

Janet Oakley, Tree Soldier

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2012

Jim Lynch, Border Songs

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2011

C.J. Box, Blue Heaven

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2010

Molly Gloss, The Hearts of Horses

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2009

David Guterson, The Other

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2008

Gary Ferguson and Douglas Smith, Decade of the Wolf: Returning the Wild to Yellowstone

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2007

Gregg Olsen, The Deep Dark: Disaster and Redemption in America's Richest Silver Mine

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2006

George W. Aguilar, When the River Ran Wild!

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2005

Jess Walter, Citizen Vince

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2004

Craig Lesley, The Sky Fisherman

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2003

Chris Crutcher, Whale Talk

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2002

John N. Maclean, Fire on the Mountain

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2001

Teresa Jordan, Riding the White Horse Home