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Community-wide project promotes shared reading around a single book with multiple events.

COURTESY PHOTO: TOM HERMANS ON UNSPLASH - 2022 marks the 20th anniversary of the librarys signature communitywide reading program. Multnomah County Library invites the community to participate in Everybody Reads2022 celebrating the graphic memoir "Good Talk: A memoir in Conversations" by author and illustrator Mira Jacob. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the library's signature communitywide reading program.

Free copies of Good Talk are available to pick up at all library locations without a library card (while supplies last) or download the e-book or audiobook from the library catalog. The library encourages readers to discuss the book with friends, coworkers and neighbors.

The library will host a series of free online events and activities from Thursday, Jan. 6, through Thursday, March 10, including a drawing workshop with Jacob, interactive discussions, explorations of bias, exclusion and belonging, discussions and two dance-centered events. The events can be found online in the Libraries' website.

Everybody Reads will culminate in an in-person author lecture with Jacob, presented by Literary Arts, on Thursday, March 10. Tickets are available on the Literary Arts' website.

Jacob is a novelist, memoirist, illustrator and cultural critic. "Good Talk: A Memoir in Conversations" was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and named a New York Times Notable Book.

Her novel "The Sleepwalker's Guide to Dancing" was named one of the best books of 2014 by Kirkus Reviews and Goodreads, among others. Her work has appeared in The New York Times Book Review, Tin House, Literary Hub, Vogue and the Telegraph.

Everybody Reads, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by The Library Foundation with author appearances made possible by Literary Arts. Programming support is also made possible in part by Pamplin Media Group and Oregon Public Broadcasting.


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