Castro Valley Reads

Castro Valley Reads 2023

What are we Reading for 2023?

Our selection for 2023 is Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu.

It is 1938 in China and, with the Japanese army approaching, Meilin and her son, Renshu, are forced to flee their home. Relying on their courage, wits, and an illustrated hand scroll that offers solace and wisdom, they must travel through a ravaged country, seeking refuge.

Years later, Renshu has settled in the U.S., as Henry Dao. Though his daughter, Lily, is desperate to understand her heritage, he refuses to talk about his childhood, and the weight of his history threatens to drag his family down.

Spanning continents and generations, Peach Blossom Spring is a beautiful work of historical fiction about the history of China and Taiwan, told through one family’s story. It’s about the power of our past, the hope for a better future, and the search for a place to call home.

One Valley, One Book, Many Conversations

Welcome to Castro Valley Reads!  This annual literary event asks our residents to read and discuss the same book. It builds community by encouraging a thoughtful exchange of ideas and celebrates the joy of reading together.

In addition to discussion groups, the program includes special events inspired by the themes in the book.

For 2023 we will learn about the history and culture of China and Taiwan through a beautiful and moving work of historical fiction.

Kick-Off Event: Celebrate Lunar New Year

Join us to Kick Off Castro Valley Reads 2023 on Sunday, February 5 from 2 pm to 4 pm.

You’ll learn more about Peach Blossom Spring by Melissa Fu and be able to pick up a copy of the book. You can make a wish for the Lunar New Year on our wishing tree and enjoy a concert of traditional and contemporary Chinese music.

The music and video presentations will repeat throughout the afternoon. Please register so we know you are coming and drop in when you like!

Register here.

Discussion Groups

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.

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Our Sponsor

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

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