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Concord Reads 2017
The Concord Reads 2017 selection will be forthcoming.  For more information please check out the Concord Public Library Facebook page! 

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Concord Reads 2016

Celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community! The One Book, One Community Concord Reads 2016 selection was When Books Went to War: the stories that helped us win World War II by Molly Guptill Manning. 
Concord Monitor editorial
Author biography
Washington Post book review
Other reviews
Press release

Past Concord Reads Programs
2014:  The Last Policeman by Ben H. Winters
2013:  Maxine Kumin's three books: Inside the Halo and BeyondWhere I Live: New & Selected Poems, 1990-2010
          Women, Animals & Vegetables: Essays & Stories.
2012:  Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
2011:  Outcasts United by Warren St. John
2010:  Firoozeh Dumas’ two books Funny in Farsi and Laughing Without an Accent
  “How one person can make a difference” - theme with two books:
           Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde and The Soloist by Steve Lopez
2008:  Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2007:  Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2006:  When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
2005:  Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian
2004:  The works of poet and author Donald Hall
2003:  Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2002:  The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder

The goal of Concord Reads is to celebrate the written word and to build social capital.  Concord Reads brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book.

When choosing a title the committee considers many things, including if it appeals to a wide audience, has issues that the community can relate to or that would spark interesting discussions, if it has received any recognition or awards, if the author or another speaker is available, if it is available in paperback and any other formats, how long it is, and if the reading level is accessible to a wide audience.