ReadDavidson is a town-wide initiative organized by a group of avid readers, Main Street Books, the Davidson Public Library, and the Town of Davidson. 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.

2024- Stay tuned! We'll be announcing the 2024 book selections in November 2023!

For 2024, ReadDavidson continues to partner with the Charlotte Mecklenburg Library’s (CML) Community Read initiative. This partnership encourages the Davidson community to read (or listen to) a common book, talk about it, attend library programs, and celebrate the love of reading.


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

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

Prior ReadDavidson selections

2023: The People We Keep by Allison Larkin; The Edge of Anything by Nora Shalaway Carpenter; Front Desk by Kelly Yang; The Big Umbrella by Amy June Bates

2022: Infinite Country by Patricia Engel; What Makes Us by Rafi Mittlefehldt; When Stars are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson and Omar Mohamed; Story Boat by Kyo Maclear

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