Connect with authors online through NCW Virtual Reads!

Through NCW Virtual Reads, we seek to connect people across our 5 counties and 30 library branches by inviting everyone to read the same books and engage together with stories that spark conversations, curiosity, and learning.

All NCW Virtual Reads events are free and open to the public. Events will be held through the Zoom digital meeting platform. Registrants will receive an email with the Zoom meeting information.

During each event, attendees will hear from the author and then have an opportunity to submit questions through the chat feature for the author to answer live.

Tommy Orange

Thursday, November 12 at 4PM
In partnership with Wenatchee Valley College


Tommy Orange is the author of There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. One of the New York Times' top books of 2018 and a Pulitzer Prize finalist, There There shows us violence and recovery, hope and loss, identity and power, dislocation and communion, and the beauty and despair woven into the history of a nation and its people. Hear Orange talk about his craft, the writing process, and Native American history and culture.

Read and listen to There There on Overdrive or find print and audiobook formats through our online catalog.

Madeline Miller

Thursday, December 10 at 7PM


Madeline Miller's first novel, The Song of Achilles, was awarded the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction and was a New York Times Bestseller. Her second novel, Circe, was an instant #1 New York Times bestseller. Before she was a novelist, Madeline Miller earned her BA and MA in Classics from Brown University, and she taught and tutored Latin, Greek, and Shakespeare to high school students for more than 15 years. Her novels have been translated into over twenty-five languages, and her essays have appeared in the Guardian, Wall Street Journal, Lapham's Quarterly and on

Read and listen to Madeline’s books on Hoopla and Overdrive or find print and audiobook formats through our online catalog.

Lisa Wingate

Thursday, January 14 at 7PM


Lisa Wingate is a former journalist, inspirational speaker, and New York Times Bestselling Author of thirty novels. Her work has won or been nominated for many awards, including the Pat Conroy Southern Book Prize, the Oklahoma Book Award, The Carol Award, the Christy Award, and the RT Booklovers Reviewer's Choice Award. Her blockbuster hit Before We Were Yours was voted by readers as the 2017 Goodreads Choice Award for Historical Fiction. Before We Were Yours has been a book club favorite worldwide and to date has sold well over one million copies.

Read and listen to Lisa Wingate’s books on Hoopla and Overdrive or find print and audiobooks through our catalog.

Kate Quinn

Thursday, February 11 at 7PM


Kate Quinn is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of historical fiction. She has written four novels in the Empress of Rome Saga and two books in the Italian Renaissance, before turning to the 20th century with New York Times bestsellers The Alice Network and The Huntress.

Read and listen to Kate’s books on Hoopla and Overdrive or find print and audiobooks through our online catalog.

Imbolo Mbue

Thursday, March 11 at 7PM


Imbolo Mbue is the author of the New York Times bestseller, Behold the Dreamers, which won the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, the Blue Metropolis Words to Change Award, and was an Oprah's Book Club selection. Name a Notable Book of the Year by the New York Times and the Washington Post and a Best Book of the Year by close to a dozen publications, the novel has been translated into 11 languages, adapted into an opera in Poland as well as a stage play in Seattle, and was recently optioned for a movie.

A native of the seaside town of Limbe, Cameroon and a graduate of Rutgers and Columbia universities, Imbolo Mbue lives in New York City.

Read and listen to Imbolo’s books on Overdrive or find print and audiobooks through our online catalog.

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