By Mary Getchell, Communications Director
Pierce County READS is the largest community reading event in Pierce County. This year marks the fourth annual Pierce County READS program, which will run March 5-April 30.
Following a public vote, Pierce County Library System selected the best-seller “The Big Burn” by Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan for this year’s READS book.
“Involving residents to help select the book makes the reading event an even greater part of the community,” said Neel Parikh, executive director, for Pierce County Library System. “The program is focused on taking a reading activity and giving people opportunities to discuss and connect as a community.”
“The Big Burn,” chronicles the epic story of the largest-ever forest fire in America and the tragedy that became Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy. History lovers, outdoor enthusiasts, conservationists, or just North American residents will be enthralled and compelled with the suspenseful and spellbinding account of the Great Fire of August 1910.
During the Pierce County READS program people may participate in more than 40 free events, which will include gardening with native plants, getting inspired about climbing Mount Rainier, hearing how firefighters battle forest fires, and discovering early 1990’s history.
People may meet the award-winning author Timothy Egan at a free event and book signing at Clover Park Technical College, Sharon McGavick Conference Center, in Lakewood, on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
Pierce County Library and The News Tribune present Pierce County READS, sponsored by KeyBank Foundation.
Dozens of community partners are participating in Pierce County READS: Associated Ministries, Barnes & Noble, Borders, Clover Park Technical College, Emergency Food Network, Garfield Book Company, The Greater Tacoma Community Foundation, King’s Books, Lakewood Arts Commission, Lakewood Historical Society and History Museum, Lewis-McChord Library System, Mostly Books, Pacific Lutheran University, Pierce College, Pierce County Library Foundation and donors, Pierce County Library Friends organizations, Puyallup Public Library, Roy Public Library, Sumner Arts Commission, Tacoma Art Museum, University of Puget Sound and Wilcox Farms Inc.