The Big Read
Join The Big Read with WCPL!

The Big Read is back and better than ever! Join us in this community-wide event by reading Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed and enjoy discussing it with a group at your library, bookstore or while enjoying and evening out!

This six-week Big Read event kicks off in March and is sponsored by local libraries, bookstores, local businesses and the Dayton Daily News to promote reading and community interaction. Book discussion groups are planned throughout the community.

2014 Big Read Selection:


A powerful, blazingly honest memoir: the story of an eleven-hundred-mile solo hike that broke down a young woman reeling from catastrophe--and built her back up again. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother's death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life: to hike the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State--and to do it alone. She had no experience as a long-distance hiker, and the trail was little more than "an idea, vague and outlandish and full of promise." But it was a promise of piecing back together a life that had come undone. Strayed faces down rattlesnakes and black bears, intense heat and record snowfalls, and both the beauty and loneliness of the trail. Told with great suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, Wild vividly captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.

Big Read Book Discussions:

Boston Stoker, 6071 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville
Tuesday, March 18
10:00 A.M.

Books & Co. at the Greene, 4453 Walnut Street, Beavercreek
Wednesday, March 26, 2014
7:00 P.M.

Hithergreen Center*
Wednesday, April 2
12:30 P.M.
*Please call Hithergreen Center for membership details.

Uncorked
Rumbleseat Wine, 5853 Far Hills Avenue
Monday, April 7, 2014
7:00 PM

Page Turners
Woodbourne Library, 6060 Far Hills Avenue, Centerville
Tuesday, April 15
1:00 PM

Book Ends
Centerville Library, 111 West Spring Valley Road
Thursday, April 17
7:00 PM

For more information on The Big Read, visit www.bigread.org. Several libraries and bookstores will be holding book discussions. For a complete listing of events, visit the official Big Read events page.