"A Novel Idea" Unveiled! Watch on December 5

Posted By:  Dana OConnell
Date Posted:  11/6/2020

Good things come to those who wait, and the wait is almost over. Dozens of books entered the arena and only one will emerge as 2021’s “A Novel Idea” selection.

The Deschutes Public Library Foundation will unveil the 2021 “A Novel Idea” book during a fun-filled virtual event on Saturday, December 5, 2020. The community is invited to join in at 6:00 p.m. for the build-up to the big book reveal—complete with a plot twist. Join early to test your “A Novel Idea” trivia knowledge, and find recipes and music inspired by this year’s book to help set the ambiance. Finally, the book will be revealed followed by a message from the author.

The community can watch the announcement and entire unveiled program online. The evening will include a special announcement regarding a change-up for the first time in the program’s 18-year history.

“We will miss being in person and seeing the reaction from guests when the book is announced, but rest assured, we are putting forth our best efforts to deliver incredible online programming,” said Deschutes Public Library’s Programs Supervisor Liz Goodrich. “ ‘A Novel Idea’ is one of our favorite programs, and the community’s too. We have interactive elements to bring the event to viewers in all its glory to make it an unforgettable year.”

“A Novel Idea” began in 2004 with David James Duncan’s The River Why and 400 community participants attending a handful of programs. After a quick pivot to move the program online in March 2020, with Anne Griffin’s When All Is Said —including a live-streamed event featuring the author in Ireland— organizers saw their highest engagement numbers ever, with more than 800 viewers tuning in for the live event. In addition, more than 9,000 people viewed “A Novel Idea” programs online leading up to the main author event.

By transitioning “A Novel Idea” to the digital realm, Goodrich notes the library has the ability to reach people throughout the county—whether it is their first year or 18th participating in the project. “Last spring when we transitioned to online programming, Deschutes County readers continued to show support for “A Novel Idea” by turning out for virtual programs in record numbers,” Goodrich said. “We believe that ‘A Novel Idea’ provides a platform to understand one another a little bit better by reading, exploring, and discussing a book together,” Goodrich said.

Programming for “A Novel Idea” begins on Saturday, April 3, 2021, and culminates with the author’s live-streamed event on Sunday, May 2, 2021. All programs are presented online and free of charge thanks to the support of the Deschutes Public Library Foundation. Readers can reserve a library copy immediately following the reveal on December 5. All local bookstores will have copies available for purchase.

For more information about this or other library programs, please visit the library website at and the Foundation website at People with disabilities needing accommodations (alternative formats, seating or auxiliary aides) should contact Liz at 541-312-1032.

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