Concord Reads is a citywide literary event encouraging community members to read and discuss the same book. Celebrate the power of books in creating a stronger community.
The goal of Concord Reads is to celebrate the written word and to build social capital. Concord Reads brings people together by encouraging them to read and participate in discussions and other events about the same book.
When choosing a title the committee considers many things, including if it appeals to a wide audience and resonates with the citizens of the Greater Concord, NH community; whether it appeals to all age groups from teens to older adults; whether the themes of the book are relevant to the times and community and lend to open and robust discussion; whether the themes of the book lend to library programming at all age levels; whether the book is available in a multitude of formats; and whether the themes of the book vary from years prior.
Concord Reads 2019: Ghost of the Innocent Man: A True Story of Trial and Redemption by Benjamin Rachlin
Ghost of the Innocent Man tells the heart-wrenching story of an innocent man's twenty-five years in prison and his relentless champion's efforts to prove his innocence. Wrought with examples of the shortcomings of the country's criminal justice system, the story is also suffused with hope and the possibility of meaningful reform as it follows the gallant efforts of the people who are working to change the system. With an overarching theme of the roles of race, ethnicity, and class in wrongful conviction, this title is sure to spark engaging and important conversation in the Concord Community.
Keep an eye on this page for more information about additional Concord Reads 2019 programming
to take place in late February through early May - throughout the Concord community and for all ages!
Past Concord Reads Programs
2018: Following Atticus by Tom Ryan
2017: Adrift: 76 Days Lost at Sea by Steve Callahan
2016: When Books went to War by Molly Guptil Manning
2012: Weight of Water by Anita Shreve
2011: Outcasts United by Warren St. John
2008: Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver
2007: Nickel and Dimed by Barbara Ehrenreich
2006: When the Emperor Was Divine by Julie Otsuka
2005: Water Witches by Chris Bohjalian
2004: The works of poet and author Donald Hall
2003: Empire Falls by Richard Russo
2002: The Bridge of San Luis Rey by Thornton Wilder