WHATCOM — The slate of virtual events for Whatcom READS 2021 is now beginning. Join the conversation by registering for online programs that explore the themes of race and belonging drawn from the featured book, “Washington Black” by Esi Edugyan.

  Tune in Saturday, Jan. 23, to hear stories of the American civil rights movement with Kathya Alexander. Then there is a Monday, Jan. 25, discussion of race in modern-day America with author and Western Washington University professor Clyde Ford.

  Pre-registration is required for these two programs offered via Zoom. Once you register, you’ll receive a link.

  Learn more about the programs leading up to Edugyan’s visit to Whatcom County in March at https://www.whatcomreads.org/. 

  Partners in the shared-read program are the Bellingham Public Library, Whatcom County Library System, Bellingham Technical College, Northwest Indian College, Western Washington University Libraries, Whatcom Community College and Village Books.

  Haven’t yet read “Washington Black”? Find the book, eBook or audiobook at your local library or purchase a copy from Village Books, which donates 10% of the featured title sales to Whatcom READS.