People throughout the county are invited to participate in the selection of its 2018 Siskiyou Reads Book by voting by April 15.

Launched in the spring of 2017, Siskiyou Reads’ mission is “to promote reading and to build community through the shared experience of reading and discussing a book in common, engaging a broad diversity of participants throughout Siskiyou County.”

The Siskiyou Reads committee reviewed more than 50 nominations and selected five books which it determined met the criteria established last year. It is now inviting the county to vote for one of these five books:

• “Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine” by Gail Honeyman (fiction);

• “Last Bus to Wisdom” by Ivan Doig (fiction);

• “Exit West” by Mohsin Hamid (fiction);

• “Just Mercy: a story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson (nonfiction); and

• “Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End” by Atul Gawande (nonfiction).

Summaries of the selected books are available on the Siskiyou Reads website: https://www.co.siskiyou.ca.us/content/library-siskiyou-reads. You may also reach that website through a link on the Siskiyou Reads Facebook site.

You may vote by ballot at any branch library in Siskiyou County or vote online by email at siskiyoureads@gmail.com or at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JMJGNGS or facebook.com/SiskiyouReads.

The winning selection will be announced in May.

According to a Siskiyou Reads press release, a small group working as a program committee of the Yreka Friends of the Library launched “Siskiyou Reads” in the spring of 2017. Inspired by one-community-one-book programs throughout the country, some of the committee members were concerned about the divisive nature of targeted news and public discourse and seeking to provide opportunity for dialogue throughout the county.

To introduce the concept of a community read, the committee identified criteria including that the book be attractive and readable to a diverse audience (inclusiveness), that it be available in a variety of formats (e.g. electronic, audio and paperback), and that the contents provide opportunity for engaging discussion.

For 2017, the group selected “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman, “an internationally acclaimed book ripe with discussion potential: friendship, grief, personal values and a changing society, age, youth, and where we each come from,” as stated in the release.

They were supported by Madrone Hospice, Scott Valley Bank, and Shasta Valley, Weed, and Yreka Rotary Clubs. They also had support from among the committee members.

Resolutions supporting Siskiyou Reads were made by the Siskiyou County Board of Supervisors and city councils throughout the county.

The book-in-common concept was introduced as a community building activity in 2017. In order to engage the community even further, they accepted nominations in January and February of this year and received more than 50 nominations for the 2018 Siskiyou Reads Book.

Siskiyou Reads thanks all those who made nominations and reports that is has received funding from Scott Valley Bank and Raley’s to support the program for 2018.

If you have any questions or comments, you can contact Siskiyou Reads at siskiyoureads@gmail.com.

Siskiyou Reads expressed its gratitude for community participation on this project.