ReadDavidson

ReadDavidson is a town-wide initiative organized by a group of avid readers, Main Street Books, and the Davidson Public Library.  Since 2007, books have been chosen annually, and book-related events have been planned to make each book come to life.  Each year, Davidson residents are invited to participate in programs and events.

2021

For the first time ever, the ReadDavidson Committee is excited to announce that it has chosen FOUR books so that readers of all ages can get involved!  Virtual events will highlight each of these four selections with the aim of stimulating common conversation between friends, families, and community members.

2021 Read Davidson Selections


ADULT/NON-FICTION:

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

YA/ADULT/FICTION: 

Legendborn by Tracy Deonn

MIDDLE GRADES:

Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams

CHILDREN'S BOOK:

The Power of One: Every Act of Kindness Counts by Trudy Ludwig


Read (and support your local bookstore at the same time)

Committee member Main Street Books is offering a 10% discount on each ReadDavidson 2021 title.  Readers can also purchase a bundle of all four books for a more deeply discounted rate of $65.00. 

Donate

Main Street Books is joining up with the Davidson Parks & Recreation Department to provide donated book bundles to local families with demonstrated need. If you can help, select "Donate Book Bundle" on the Main Street Books page here.  Thanks for your support in helping as any residents as possible participate in ReadDavidson 2021.

Apply for a Book Grant

So that everyone in the community might participate in this program, the Davidson Parks & Recreation Department, Main Street Books, and local supporters have teamed up to create the Book Grant Program. Need a book? Apply here.

Attend events

On March 2, 16, and April 1 at 7:00 p.m., there will be  virtual panel discussions of sequential portions of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson.

Readers can read along in advance as “Davidson Discusses” portions of the book on these dates, creating one continuous conversation. Those interested are encouraged to participate in all three sessions! Using the links below, register for individual sessions: 

  • March 2: Parts I-III; Watch the video HERE.
  • March 16: Register here for Parts IV-V
  • April 1: Register here for Parts VI-VII

Also, mark your calendars for three author talks in April:

  • April 17 at 4:00 p.m.: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams (Middle Grades Fiction) with Robin McLennon
  • April 22 at 7:00 p.m.: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Young Adult Fiction) with Dr. Hilary Green
  • April 24 at 11:00 a.m.: The Power of One by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Mike Curato

Registration for these events will open at a future time...stay tuned!

Sponsors

The ReadDavidson initiative would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors:

  • Main Street Books
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Davidson Public Library

Prior ReadDavidson selections

2021: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson; Legendborn by Tracy Deonn; Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams; The Power of One by Trudy Ludwig

2019: Varina by Charles Frazier

2018: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

2017: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

2016: Wherever There is Light by Peter Golden

2015: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

2014: One Second After by William Forstchen

2013: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

2012: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

2011: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2010: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

2009: The Color of Water by James McBride

2008: One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash

2007: The Bridge by Doug Marlette