Spokane is Reading was started in 2001 as a way to inspire conversation among readers about a common topic—a book.

2021 marks 20 years that Spokane Is Reading has presented one-book/one-community reading programs to the greater Spokane area. To celebrate we asked many of our previous authors to recommend a book or two that brought them hope or joy in this past year. The result is this booklist which we’re excited to share with you, the readers of Spokane. Read one. Read several. Or read them all.

Some more background about Spokane is Reading:
Another goal we’ve had is to encourage reading by adults. The planning committee (representatives from Spokane Public Library, Spokane County Library District and Auntie’s Bookstore) get together each year to select a title. This is no easy task; some of the criteria considered are:

  • The length and content of the book must be accessible
  • The book must appeal to wide variety of people
  • Recommendations from Spokane is Reading attendees
  • The author must be living and able to travel to Spokane at a reasonable cost
  • The book must be available in a wide variety of formats (large print or audiobook, preferably paperback, etc.)