Mid-Columbia Reads 2021

Mid-Columbia Libraries proudly hosts our annual Mid-Columbia Reads literary festival Oct. 15 through Nov. 17, 2021 with a free book giveaway and a virtual author visit with Adib Khorram.

Stop by your local library to choose from books for all ages, while supplies last. This year's featured titles are "Darius the Great Is Not Okay," by Adib Khorram; "There, There," by Tommy Orange; and "You Matter," by Christian Robinson. All books are also available to borrow. There are no holds or waitlists for these titles in our digital collection.

The Mid-Columbia Reads literary festival encourages communities throughout the Mid-Columbia region to engage with the same books and come together to explore and celebrate the written and spoken word. We strive to build community through the collective experience of reading, thinking, and discussing ideas and themes that raise important social issues while also building future readers and writers in our region. 


Adib Khorram portraitAdib Khorram

Adib Khorram is the author of “Darius the Great Is Not Okay,” which earned the William C. Morris Debut Award, the Asian/Pacific American Award for Young Adult Literature, and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor, among other accolades. The sequel, “Darius the Great Deserves Better,” was published in 2020, and his debut picture book, “Seven Special Somethings: A Nowruz Story,” was released this year.

Also a graphic designer and a tea enthusiast, Khorram was born and raised in Kansas City, Missouri. When he's not writing, he enjoys Crossfit, figure skating, electric guitar, food, wine, video games, board games, and Kansas City barbecue. Learn more about the author at adibkhorram.com.

Join us Nov. 17 at 6:30 pm for a virtual author visit to learn more about Khorram's books and life as a writer. This is a bilingual event; interpretation will be provided in Spanish and Arabic. Special thanks to Kennewick School District Migrant and Bilingual Program for providing Arabic interpretation. 


Tommy Orange

Tommy Orange is a graduate of the MFA program at the Institute of American Indian Arts. He is a 2014 MacDowell Fellow and a 2016 Writing by Writers Fellow. He is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne and Arapaho Tribes of Oklahoma. He was born and raised in Oakland, California, and currently lives in Angels Camp, California.

His compassionate debut novel, "There, There," follows 12 Native American narrators making their way to a California powwow and offers a chorus of voices struggling with questions of identity and authenticity. The book was one of The New York Times' top books of 2018 and a 2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Fiction. 


Christian Robinson

Christian Robinson is an illustrator, author, animator, and designer based in Oakland, California. He was born in Los Angeles and grew up in a small one-bedroom apartment with his brother, two cousins, aunt, and grandmother. Drawing became a way to make space for himself and to create the kind of world he wanted to see. He studied animation at the California Institute of the Arts and would later work with the Sesame Workshop and Pixar Animation Studios before becoming an illustrator of books for children. The Christian Robinson for Target collection, released in August 2021, includes more than 70 items across home and apparel for kids and baby.

"You Matter" is a full, bright, and beautiful picture book which deftly and empathetically explores many different perspectives around the world—from a pair of bird-watchers to the pigeons they’re feeding. Young readers will be drawn into the luminous illustrations inviting them to engage with the world in a new way and see how everyone is connected and that everyone matters.

Robinson's other books include the #1 New York Times bestseller "Last Stop on Market Street," written by Matt de la Peña, which was awarded a Caldecott Honor, a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor, and the Newbery Medal, and the #1 New York Times bestseller "The Bench," written by Meghan, The Duchess of Sussex. Learn more about the author at theartoffun.com.