NCRL Virtual Reads hosts bestselling authors

Ijeoma Oluo / Courtesy NCRL

Jason Reynoldsb

WENATCHEE – North Central Regional Library (NCRL) will host bestselling authors Ijeoma Oluo and Jason Reynolds as part of its August Virtual Reads summer series.

Oluo is the author of So You Want to Talk about Race, a book that NCRL Communications Manager Michelle McNiel describes as “a hard-hitting, user friendly examination of race in America.”

Oluo will be featured via Zoom digital meeting platform at 7 p.m., Tuesday, August 18.

The book guides readers of all races through subjects ranging from intersectionality and affirmative action to ‘model minorities’ in an attempt to make the seemingly impossible possible,” said McNiel, “honest conversations about race and racism, and how they infest almost every aspect of American life.”

Reynolds is the award-winning and bestselling author of novels and poetry for young adult and middle age audiences and will be featured at 4 p.m., Tuesday, August 25.

Reynolds’ books include the Track series (Ghost, Patina, Sunny, and Lu), Miles Morales: Spider-Man , Long Way Down, Look Both Ways: A Tale Told in Ten Blocks, and most recently, Stamped: Racism, Anti-Racism, and You, co-authored with Ibram X. Kendi.

Reynolds is the current 2020-2021 National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature.

The goal of NCRL Virtual Reads is to bring communities together through reading the same book and hosting author events that spark conversations, curiosity, and learning,” an NCRL media release said.

To participate in these NCRL Virtual Reads events, register at

Books by Oluo and Reynolds are available on Overdrive and Hoopla, NCRL’s digital library collections.



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