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 citizens are invited to participate in programs and events. 

All events are free and open to the public.

VOTE NOW for the 2018 ReadDavidson selection!  Ballot boxes are located at: Main Street Books, Davidson Public Library, and in the lobby of Davidson Town Hall.  You can vote for one of the following:

Pachinko by Min Jin Lee follows one Korean family through the generations, beginning in the early 1900s with Sunja, the prized daughter of a poor yet proud family, whose unplanned pregnancy threatens to shame them all. Deserted by her lover, Sunja is saved when a young minister offers to marry and bring her from Korea to Japan.  So begins a sweeping saga of an exceptional family in exile from its homeland and caught in the indifferent arc of history. Through desperate struggles and hard-won triumphs, its members are bound together by deep roots as they face enduring questions of faith, family, and identity.

News of the World by Paulette Jiles: In the aftermath of the American Civil War, an aging itinerant news reader agrees to transport a young captive of the Kiowa back to her people in this morally complex, multi-layered novel of historical fiction.  Captain Jefferson Kyle Kidd travels through northern Texas, giving live readings from newspapers to paying audiences hungry for news of the world. An elderly widower who has lived through three wars and fought in two of them, the captain enjoys his rootless, solitary existence.  In Wichita Falls, he is offered a $50 gold piece to deliver a young orphan to her relatives in San Antonio. Four years earlier, a band of Kiowa raiders killed Johanna’s parents and sister; sparing the little girl, they raised her as one of their own. Recently rescued by the U.S. army, Johanna has once again been torn away from the only home she knows.  The captain must hand her over to strangers who regard her as an unwanted burden. A respectable man, Captain Kidd is faced with a terrible choice: abandon the girl to her fate or become—in the eyes of the law—a kidnapper himself.

Sponsors


Thank you to our sponsors:
  • Main Street Books
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Davidson Public Library
  • PostNet
  • DavidsonLearns

History


ReadDavidson was first launched in 2007 and is a partnership between the Town of Davidson, the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books, and several local avid readers.

Past ReadDavidson selections


2007: The Bridge by Doug Marlette
2008: One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
2009: The Color of Water by James McBride
2010: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
2011: The Help by Kathryn Stockett
2012: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett
2013: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash
2014: One Second After by William Forstchen
2015: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith
2016: Wherever There is Light by Peter Golden
2017: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel
Pachinko cover
News of the World cover