Loveland Loves to Read 

Loveland Loves to Read is our annual One Book, One Community program.

Each year, community members come together through the reading and discussion of a common book. In addition to book discussions, a variety of related events are scheduled.

Donations to Loveland Loves to Read will help us to engage well-known authors in future years.

Loveland Loves to Read 2019 - Water in the West: A Conversation

  • Authors in Conversation at Roberta Price Auditorium, TVHS, Tuesday, Sept. 24th, 7 p.m.
  • Meet the Authors at Loveland Public Library, Wednesday, Sept. 25th, 10 a.m.
  • Movie: “The Milagro Beanfield War”, Loveland Public Library, Thursday, Sept. 26th, 7 p.m.

Loveland Loves to Read is proud to announce that this year we will feature two renowned Colorado authors, Paolo Bacigalupi with The Water Knife and Patty Limerick with A Ditch in Time.

For 2019, we have chosen to take a thematic approach. We are presenting two books, one fiction and one non-fiction. Read one, read both! They offer distinct views of Water in the West, which will enhance our understanding of the issues and inspire stimulating conversation.

Paolo Bacigalupi is an award winning author who has won the the Hugo Award, the Nebula, the Locus, and the Printz Award. He was also a finalist for the National Book Award. Too little water needed by too many people inspired him to write The Water Knife, a dystopian look at the future of an on-going drought. It was described by NPR as “a noir-ish, cinematic thriller set in the midst of a water war between Las Vegas and Phoenix. Think Chinatown meets Mad Max”.

Patty Limerick, University of Colorado professor, past State Historian, and director of The Center of the American West, has dedicated her career to bridging the gap between academics and the reading public. Her book, A Ditch in Time, deals with water in Denver and the Front Range: its past, present and future, and the controversies surrounding water in the West. A local review noted “Ironically, most narratives about water are pretty dry. Not this one! Wet your lips for a great read”.

On Tuesday, September 24, these authors will be featured at the Roberta Price Auditorium at TVHS. The authors’ conversation will be moderated by an expert from the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District (NCWCD). We anticipate a lively discussion with both authors talking about their books and the vital issue of Water in the West.

Tickets for the author event are $10 for students, $20 for FOL members, $22 general admission and $30 for preferred seating. These prices include all ticketing fees. They will be available later in May through Colorado Box Office, this website, and at the Loveland Public Library on Tuesday mornings.

A supplementary materials list will be available here soon.


All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

Spider Woman's Daughter, by Anne Hillerman

The Work of Wolves, by Kent Myers

Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger

Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

Crooked Letter Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

Blue Heaven, by C.J. Box

Murder at the Brown Palace, by Dick Kreck

The Cold Dish, by Craig Johnson

Bellwether, by Connie Willis

The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig

The Meadow, by James Galvin

The Eagle Catcher, by Margaret Coel

Plainsong, by Kent Haruf

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