A Novel Idea...Read Together - Where Will We Take You This Year?

Posted By:  Chantal Strobel
Date Posted:  3/22/2010

Through the Deschutes Public Library Foundation’s A Novel Idea…Read Together program, we have trekked across the rivers and streams of Oregon with David James Duncan’s classic novel A River Why, journeyed deep into Afghanistan with Khaled Hosseini’s The Kite Runner, and relived the glory days of Oregon’s track and field with Kenny Moore’s Bowerman and the Men of Oregon. 
Where will A Novel Idea… Read Together take us this year?   To Mississippi in the early 1960's through Kathryn Stockett’s wildly popular New York Times #1 bestseller, The Help. Through this debut novel, Stockett weaves a startling, resonant portrait of the intertwined lives of women on opposite sides of the racial divide and the journey that binds them together.   
“A Novel Idea…Read Together continues to be one of the most successful community reading programs in the Northwest thanks to the 6,500 Deschutes County residents who participate in the program every spring,” said Novel Idea Project Director Chantal Strobel. “We are anticipating an enormous turn-out for this year’s month-long series of free cultural events, discussions, films, food tastings, and author presentations.”
A Novel Idea kicks off on Sunday, April 11 with local slam poet, musician, and artist Jason Graham (aka MOsley WOtta) performing at the Bend Public Library. More than 20 programs are planned that will invite residents of Deschutes County to indulge in the flavors of southern cooking, engage in facilitated discussions regarding Jim Crow
Laws and the Civil Rights movement, and learn more from in-depth lectures on the early sixties iconic culture and many others.
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Author Kathryn Stockett will visit Central Oregon on Friday, May 7 at the Tower Theatre in Bend and on Saturday, May 8 at the Redmond High School auditorium. Tickets will become available on April 17 at your local library. Tickets are free, but space is limited.  There is a two ticket per person limit. For ticket information, please contact Liz Goodrich at 541.312.1032.
For a full listing of the other cultural programs planned, please visit the Novel Idea website at    All programs are free and open to the public.
Reader’s guides, book club kits, and calendar listings will become available in late March at each of the public libraries in Deschutes County.
“If you are a member of a book club, we encourage you to reserve a book club kit to share and enrich your discussion of The Help,” said Strobel. “Book club kits are free and can be reserved ahead of time -- please call Liz Goodrich at 541.312.1032 or
A Novel Idea is made possible by the generous donors of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation, the Starview Foundation, Bend Research, Francis Hansen & Martin LLP, and a grant from Oregon Humanities (OH), a statewide nonprofit organization and an independent affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities, which funds OH’s grant program.
For more information, please contact Chantal Strobel at 541.312.1031 or
Check out the Novel Idea website at

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