2019 Salem Reads Book Title Announced

Cover of Good Morning Midnight, a glowing tent against a star-filled night sky.

Photo of the Author Lily Brooks-Dalton.

The Salem Public Library Foundation is proud to announce that Good Morning, Midnight, a novel by Lily Brooks-Dalton will be the third annual Salem Reads book.

Salem Reads: One Book, One Community is a community-wide reading program that encourages everyone in Salem to read the same book, discuss the topics and enjoy the programs in February 2019.

The Salem Public Library Foundation chose Good Morning Midnight because the book has many dimensions to spark broad community engagement, including: science education, climate change, species extinction, isolation, living in extreme environments, and disaster preparedness.

Good Morning, Midnight is the story of staff at an Arctic research station ordered to evacuate when they receive news of a catastrophe. Elderly scientist Augustine chooses to stay behind and is cut off from communication with the outside world. Sullivan, an astronaut returning from Jupiter, loses all contact with Mission Control. Struggling to survive, they review memories of people they have loved and lost, and choices they have made. Against two forbidding yet beautiful landscapes, their stories gradually intertwine in a profound and unexpected conclusion.

More than 100 copies of Good Morning, Midnight are now available from the library in print, plus ebooks, and book club kits. Book kits can be checked out for book clubs and school classroom discussions. If you would like to purchase a copy, they are available at Friends of the Salem Public Library Book Store and other local booksellers.

Friends of Salem Public Library and the Library Advisory Board have pledged to support Salem Reads with volunteers and promotional efforts. Salem Public Library has also committed its support, and has scheduled February 2019 programming for teens and adults to be focused on the themes of the book.

For more information please contact the Salem Public Library Foundation via email or by calling 503-588-6183.