Everybody Reads application for classroom participation

Multnomah County Library invites you to participate in Everybody Reads 2022, the library’s 20th annual community reading project, taking place January through March. The book selected is Mira Jacob’s Good Talk: A memoir in conversations

The book follows the form of a graphic novel, and tells the story of the relationship between the author and her half-Jewish, half-Indian son, Z, whose questions grow more and more complex as the 2016 election divides the country. The audience for this book is older teens and adults, and the book contains references to identity, sexuality, politics and racism.

Thanks to the support of The Library Foundation, copies of Good Talk will be provided to 9th–12th grade students from around Multnomah County. Content includes mature themes that may be better suited to older students. Schools and organizations with the greatest educational and financial need will receive first consideration. 

By applying, applicants commit to reading and discussing the book during the program, January through March 2022. They will receive a classroom set of Good Talk, with links to discussion guides and further reading. If your school has a book group that would be interested in reading the book, they are also eligible to apply. 

The author lecture will be presented by Literary Arts on Thursday, March 10, 2022.

Applications must be received no later than November 15, 2021.

Example: 9th to 12th
Please check all three boxes to apply.

If you have any questions about the classroom component of Everybody Reads 2022, please email Alison Kastner and Haley Isleib or phone 503.988.5792.

To be considered, this form must be submitted no later than November 15, 2021.

Selected schools will be notified in December and will receive their book sets and discussion guides the first week of January 2020.

See the latest information and learn more about the book at Everybody Reads.

Everybody Reads, a community reading project of Multnomah County Library, is made possible in part by The Library Foundation with author appearance made possible by Literary Arts.