Readers Invited to Salem Reads 2022


Salem Reads 2022 will explore the story and themes of A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

​Salem Reads 2022: One Community, One Book will focus on A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki, a story about the unexpected connection between a writer in Vancouver, B.C., and a young woman in Tokyo who lives intersect through the force of a tsunami.

Salem area readers are invited to join together to celebrate the themes of Japanese culture, grief, the power of the written word, and finding connections and joy from February 1-28. Many free community activities and virtual events are planned throughout the month:

  • Sign up to get the Zoom access information Salem Reads events including a performance by Portland Taiko, book discussions, history and culture presentations, and Japanese Trivia Night.
  • Sign up for a free magical realism writing workshop, taught by an Oregon author!
    • For adults: From Ordinary to Magical, taught by Elizabeth Beechwood - 10:15 a.m.-1:15 p.m. Saturday, February 12 on Zoom. Space is limited - Sign up.
    • For teens (grades 6-12): A Magical Realism Writing Workshop, taught by Katie Ristau - 2-5 p.m. Saturday, February 12 on Zoom. Space is limited - Sign up.
  • Write a letter and get a letter as part of the Salem Reads Dear Stranger program. Modeled on a statewide project of Oregon Humanities, the Salem Reads Dear Stranger project collects and swaps letters between community members. Learn more: Dear Stranger.
  • Blend family lore with imagination by entering the Voice of the Past Writing Contest for Teens and Adults. Cash prizes for first, second, and third place will be awarded for teen writers and adult writers. Learn more or download and print a PDF flyer - Voices of the Past. Printed flyers are also available to pick up at Salem Public Library.
  • A Tale for the Time Being Art Exhibit - February 1-28 at the newly renovated Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE. View the work of local professional artists inspired by reading A Tale for the Time Being

A completed, detailed schedule of events is available at SPL

Salem Reads is a community-wide reading project that invites the people of Salem to come together in person or virtually through reading, discussion, and programs based on the themes of a common book. The Salem Public Library Foundation funds this effort to foster community and invite people of diverse ages, backgrounds, and viewpoints to discuss compelling topics.

A Tale for the Time Being is available from the library in print or as downloadable eBooks and eAudiobooks on the cloudLibrary and Libby apps. Copies are also for sale at the Friends of Salem Public Library Bookstore, The Book Bin, and Reader's Guide Bookstore.

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