Siskiyou Reads – a program established and maintained by the Friends of the Yreka Library – is meant to promote reading and build community through discussion of a book in common.

Siskiyou Reads recently announced its 2019 Books of the Year. This is the third year that the program’s committee has narrowed down book selections from the community and chosen one or two titles for citizens throughout the county to read. This year the committee selected one fiction title and one nonfiction title. “Born a Crime,” by Trevor Noah is the nonfiction selection; “The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry”, by Gabrielle Zevin is the fiction selection.

Siskiyou Reads – a program established and maintained by the Friends of the Yreka Library – is meant to promote reading and build community through discussion of a book in common. This is the program’s third year. The Siskiyou Reads committee sorted through 50 different nominations from 22 book clubs this year before deciding on its selections.

Committee member Audrey Flower noted that the committee made an effort to select titles that are not currently being widely read. “Born a Crime” tells the true story of comedian Trevor Noah’s childhood in South Africa during apartheid. He was born to a white father and a black mother at a time when such a union was punishable by five years in prison.

“The Storied Life of A.J. Fikry” is described on its author’s website: “A. J. Fikry’s life is not at all what he expected it to be. His wife has died, his bookstore is experiencing the worst sales in its history, and now his prized possession, a rare collection of Poe poems, has been stolen. Slowly but surely, he is isolating himself from all the people of Alice Island.

“... And then a mysterious package appears at the bookstore. It’s a small package, but large in weight. It’s that unexpected arrival that gives A. J. Fikry the opportunity to make his life over, the ability to see everything anew.”

Thanks to the program’s sponsors – Mechanics Bank, Madrone Hospice, and the county’s Rotary clubs – Siskiyou Reads has been able to purchase numerous copies of the books, which are available at libraries, senior centers and resource centers throughout the county.