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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.

Due to COVID-19 concerns, the planned 2020 event (This Tender Land, William Kent Krueger) was postponed until Fall 2021.

Donations to Loveland Loves to Read will help the program to become self-supporting, a goal for this coming year.

Donations may be made:

Loveland Loves to Read 2021

The book we have chosen for the Loveland community to read is This Tender Land, a timely story for young adults as well as adults. It is set in the depression of the 30s, with four young loners who set off on their own. It’s a story that is part Grapes of Wrath and part Huckleberry Finn.

Author William Kent Krueger will speak at the Thompson Valley High School auditorium on September 16. 

A family reading and discussion guide for This Tender Land is available on williamkentkrueger.com. Other titles by William Kent Krueger:

  • The Devil’s Bed (2003)
  • Ordinary Grace (2013) – Loveland’s community read in 2015
  • This Tender Land – (2019) Paperback in stock June 20, 2020
  • The Cork O’Connor Series, seventeen titles




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

     

For this year's main Loveland Loves to Read event, authors Paolo Bacigalupi (The Water Knife) and Patty Limerick (A Ditch in Time: The City, the West, and Water) participated in a conversation moderated by Brian Werner (Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District), followed by questions from the audience, and a book signing.

Each of our presenters offered book suggestions for readers interested in following up on some of the themes that were discussed.

FROM PAOLO BACIGALUPI:

Cadillac Desert: The American West and Its Disappearing Water, by Marc Reisner

Drug War Zone: Frontline Dispatches from the Streets of El Paso and Juarez, by Howard Campbell

High County News (magazine)

FROM PATRICIA LIMERICK:

A River Runs Through It, Norman Maclean

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian, by Wallace Stegner

Mayordomo: Chronicle of an Acequia in northern New Mexico, by Stanley Crawford

Wisdom Sits in Places: Landscape and Language Among the Western Apache, Keith Basso.

Written in Water: The Life and Times of Benjamin H. Eaton, by Jane E. Norris

FROM BRIAN WERNER:

Last Water Hole in the West: The Colorado-Big Thompson Project and the Northern Colorado Water Conservancy District, by Daniel Tyler

Silver Fox of the Rockies: Delphus E. Carpenter and Western Water Compacts, by Daniel Tyler




      2019
      The Water Knife, by Paolo Bacigalupi, and A Ditch in Time, by Patricia Limerick

      2018
      All the Light We Cannot See, by Anthony Doerr

      2017
      Spider Woman's Daughter, by Anne Hillerman

      2016
      The Work of Wolves, by Kent Myers

      2015
      Ordinary Grace, by William Kent Krueger

      2014
      Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight, by Alexandra Fuller

      2013
      Crooked Letter Crooked Letter, by Tom Franklin

      2012
      The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency, by Alexander McCall Smith

      2011
      Blue Heaven, by C.J. Box

      2010
      Murder at the Brown Palace, by Dick Kreck

      2009
      The Cold Dish, by Craig Johnson

      2008
      Bellwether, by Connie Willis

      2007
      The Whistling Season, by Ivan Doig

      2006
      The Meadow, by James Galvin

      2005
      The Eagle Catcher, by Margaret Coel

      2004
      Plainsong, by Kent Haruf






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