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.