Castro Valley Reads

Castro Valley Reads 2022

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What are we Reading for 2022?

Our selections for 2022 are Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land and Fire in Paradise: An American Tragedy.

Earth Keeper is by N. Scott Momaday, a Pulitzer-prize winning Kiowa poet, novelist, and Native American scholar. In this beautiful book of free-verse poetry, he reflects on his sacred connection to the American landscape and its influence on his people. Momaday shares his reverence for the natural world and calls on all of us to protect the Earth’s wonders and beauty.

Fire in Paradise is by Alastair Gee and Dani Anguiano, reporters for The Guardian. The book is their dramatic narrative of the 2018 Camp Fire on Paradise Ridge and an unforgettable story of an American town at the forefront of the climate emergency. They bring to life the effects of the fire through intimate portraits of local residents and the landscape, and they give all California residents much to consider as we seek to mitigate risks from wildfire and drought.

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One Valley, TWO Books, Many Conversations

Welcome to Castro Valley Reads!  What if all of Castro Valley read the same two books?  What could we learn from one another?

This community-wide literary event asks our residents to read and discuss the same books.  In addition to discussion groups, the program includes special events inspired by the themes in the book.

Castro Valley Reads celebrates our community by encouraging a thoughtful exchange of ideas through the joy of reading together.

Our topic for 2022 is climate change, an emotionally and politically fraught topic. To help meet our readers’ interests and moods regarding climate change, we are offering two books. We hope you will read both books, but you may wish to read only one.

Momaday Square

Kick Off: January 23, 2022 at 1 pm

Video of this event coming soon.

Join us for a conversation with N. Scott Momaday, a Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist, short story writer, essayist, and poet whose work celebrates and preserves Native American heritage, particularly that of the Kiowa people.

Mr. Momaday will discuss his book Earth Keeper: Reflections on the American Land with Alameda County Youth Poet Laureate and Castro Valley High School student Zoe Dorado and Librarian Chris Selig.

In Earth Keeper, a book of free-verse poetry, he reflects on his sacred connection to the American landscape and its influence on his people. Momaday shares his reverence for the natural world and calls on all of us to protect Earth's wonders and beauty. How can the cultivation of imagination and a love of the natural world spur environmental activism? Let's find out together.

Discussion Groups

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At the heart of the Castro Valley Reads program are discussion groups. Please help us build community connections by joining a Library discussion group or creating your own discussion group in your community. All participants will get free copies of the books, while supplies last.

Can't wait to get started? Download a copy of the discussion guide.

More Great Reads

If you enjoyed this year's books, here are more titles to explore!

Our Sponsor

Thanks to our Friends of the Castro Valley Library who make this and other community programs possible.

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