Frederick Reads

Frederick Reads is a partnership among Frederick County Public Libraries and dozens of local organizations to foster a love of reading. This celebration is an opportunity to share an imaginative journey together through the pages of significant books. Join us as we explore a wide range of great reads, culminating with author visits, signings and special events throughout Frederick.

Our diverse picks include fiction, non-fiction and poetry, covering topics related to history, societal issues, culture, sports and much more. As we delve into themes within the books themselves, our cultural partners often expand upon these themes through a variety of venues. While wide-ranging, all Frederick Reads book selections share a common purpose, which is to provide a platform for broad exploration of multi-faceted issues that spark productive conversations in Frederick and beyond.

Past Frederick Reads guest authors have included Elizabeth Gilbert, Cokie Roberts, Frank Deford, Greg Mortenson, James Swanson and Clyde Edgerton (who debuted a musical based on his novel while here!).  In 2012, we welcome Rebecca Skloot, Robin Oliveira (in conversation with Cokie Roberts); and Diane Ackerman, among others. Please see our Previous Events page for more information!

Most author events are free, underwritten by our partners as a gift to the public. Hotels and restaurants often offer special rates in support of Frederick Reads so literature lovers from afar can join the locals.

Events take place at our public libraries, college campuses, theaters, restaurants, art galleries, and in many living room book club meetings.  Please join us! Bring your ideas, critiques, and respect for many points of view.

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Events For 2013

The 2013 theme for Frederick Reads, Food for Thought, incorporated many aspects of food and beverage through the lens of literature, social activism, history and more. We kicked off the event series in February with former US Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky, who shared his favorite food-themed poems with us.

Frederick Reads culminated in April with a visit from our Frederick Reads Author Will Allen. Allen's book, The Good Food Revolution, was the centerpeice for this years' theme. Allen was in Frederick for a one-day series of appearances and book-signings, reaching diverse audiences of all ages.

Through the prism of these book selections, we hope to spark constructive conversation about a topic that affects us all. On behalf of the committee, I invite you to join us!

—Elizabeth Cromwell
Frederick Reads Committee Chairwoman