By Mary Getchell, Communications Director
For the past two months, thousands of people have been participating in Pierce County READS 2011, and Saturday, April 30, people will meet this year’s selected author, Pulitzer Prize winner Timothy Egan.
Attend a free presentation and book signing at Clover Park Technical College, Sharon McGavick Conference Center, in Lakewood, on Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m.
Following a public vote, Pierce County Library System selected the best-seller “The Big Burn” by Egan for this year’s READS book. “The Big Burn,” chronicles the epic story of the largest-ever forest fire in America and the tragedy that became Theodore Roosevelt’s legacy.
“This is the first time we selected a community-wide book with a historical theme focused on the Pacific Northwest and written by an author from this area,” said Neel Parikh, executive director of Pierce County Library. “This year’s program has spread like wildfire, sparking and igniting interest and excitement throughout communities.”
Since March 5, thousands of people have been participating in the biggest community reading event in Pierce County when people read, share and talk about the same book at the same time.
Since launching Pierce County READS 2011, people checked out copies of the selected book more than 4,500 times from Pierce County Library. Also, more than 2,300 people have participated in the more than 40 free events offered by Pierce County Library and some of its 20 community partners.
Egan is an online, op-ed columnist for the New York Times and a regular contributor to BBC Radio, featuring a series of essays on American life. He is an award-winning author, garnering a Pulitzer Prize, National Book Award and Pacific Northwest Booksellers award. He lives in Seattle.
People have been donating nonperishable food items to a Pierce County READS’ community partner, Emergency Food Network. The Library encourages people to bring items to the main author event, too.
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.