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Welcome to A Novel Idea 2022

We are so honored that readers from around the region continue to join us year after year to celebrate the power of great stories, told by amazing authors, as we build community one book at a time. The idea behind A Novel Idea is simple: pick a great book, engage with community through thought-provoking and relevant programming, and wrap up the project with free and accessible visits from the authors.

A primary benefit of reading fiction is that stories about people and places beyond our own experiences help us build empathy and understanding. This year’s selections—one book for adult readers and another for young readers—are both by Native authors. The two novels invite readers into the generational traumas, joyful triumphs, and resilient lives of unforgettable characters. The Seed Keeper (for adult readers), by Diane Wilson, follows a Dakota family’s struggle to preserve their way of life, and their sacrifices to protect what matters most. I Can Make This Promise (for young readers), by Christine Day, explores the journey a young girl takes to reconnect with her heritage.

In addition to reading the selected books, we encourage you to learn more about the rich history and heritage of Native cultures, including our neighbors the Wasco, Paiute, Warm Springs, Klamath, Modoc, and Yahooskin peoples. Please find the resource list on page 4 for further reading and learning as well as suggestions for ways to support Native initiatives at the local level.

A Novel Idea is possible because of you, our loyal readers, our generous sponsors, and our dedicated donors. It takes all of you to make this program a success, to provide free programs for all ages, and to keep this dynamic community read program the largest in Oregon. Thank you for supporting A Novel Idea for the last 19 years.

Happy reading!


Explore Past Novel Idea Programs


Sponsors

Donors


        Committees

        Youth Edition Selection Committee

        • Paige Bentley-Flannery
        • Christie Boen
        • Ericka Brunson
        • Sami Kerzel
        • Roxanne M. Renteria
        • Chandra vanEijnsbergen
        • Cheryl Weems

        Novel Idea Community Nominators

        • Cynthia Claridge
        • Cassie Clemans
        • Joel Clements
        • Michele Clements
        • Stacey Donohue
        • Kayla Duncan
        • Paige Ferro
        • Lauralei Garrity
        • Liz Goodrich
        • Lucy Hilburn
        • Sami Kerzel
        • Ann Malkin
        • Peggy O'Hara
        • Gladys Pilz
        • Debbie Ross
        • Deon Stonehouse
        • Nancy Tyler
        • Laurel Westendorf

        A Novel Idea Advisory Committee

        • Cassie Clemens
        • Joel Clements
        • Stacey Donohue
        • Paige Ferro
        • Liz Goodrich
        • Sami Kerzel
        • Ann Malkin
        • Dan Murphy
        • Chantal Strobel
        • Laurel Westendorf

        Staff

        • Tina Walker Davis
        • Paige Ferro
        • Liz Goodrich
        • Ann Hettinger
        • Dana O’Connell
        • Suzy Olsen
        • Chantal Strobel
        • Laurel Westendorf

        Page Last Modified Thursday, May 26, 2022


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