Multnomah County Library invites you to be a part of Everybody Reads 2018, the library’s 16th annual community reading project, taking place in February, March and April.
The book selected for Everybody Reads 2018 is Exit West, by Mohsin Hamid. The novel follows Nadia and Saeed, two students who fall in love while attending college. In the backdrop is a city descending into chaos. As unrest turns into open rebellion and lawlessness, rumors begin about the existence of hidden doors that will allow refugees to escape to the relative peace of the West. We follow Saeed and Nadia on their journey to find a place where they can live in peace.
Hamid will speak on Thursday, April 5th, 2018, 7:30 pm at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall.
Thanks to the support of The Library Foundation, copies of Exit West will be made available to select 9th–12th grade students from around Multnomah County. Schools with the greatest educational and financial need will receive first consideration. Each classroom that is selected will receive a classroom set of Exit West and discussion guides with the expectation that the book will be read during the project, February – April, 2018.
Students will also have the opportunity to attend for free, an author event presented in partnership with Literary Arts on Thursday, March 9, 2018, at 7:30 p.m., at the Arlene Schnitzer Concert Hall in downtown Portland. The Library Foundation will provide funds for transportation for those attending the event as a group.
If your school has a book group or other group of students who would be interested in reading the book, they are also eligible to apply.
Applications must be received no later than November 17, 2017.