Waldo Reads Together

Welcome to our 2022 community-wide book discussion

Featured Book

A true story of men young and old displaying astonishing courage and strength as they cross the border into Arizona's Devil’s Highway desert and find themselves in an epic battle against betrayal and circumstance.

Luis Alberto Urrea

A 2005 Pulitzer Prize finalist for nonfiction and hailed by NPR as a “master storyteller with a rock and roll heart,” Urrea is the critically acclaimed and best-selling author of 17 books, winning numerous awards for his poetry, fiction and essays.

This feature-length (96 minute) film follows acclaimed French artist JR around the globe as he builds some of his most monumental projects, challenging perspective and uniting communities through his thought-provoking work. One of the four projects shown is an across-the-border picnic with its table of picnic-goers stretching across the US-Mexico border and its larger than life photo of a child overlooking the border.

JR is a visual artist whose work is about raising questions, seeking an encounter between the subject and the passer-by. JR was voted one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in 2018. In his artist’s statement, he describes this film as one that “challenges viewers’ perceptions by lifting the voices of people and places that are often overlooked. The film is the culmination of years of my work.”

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Picnic at the Border: Artist JR Hosts Bi-National Meal at Giant Table

“One Book, One Community,” created by the American Library Association, is a book discussion program that offers a community-wide read of one designated book over the same period of time with discussions and related activities about the book’s themes. Waldo Reads Together is our local version of this program, offered last year for the first time through the initiative of Aging Well in Waldo County and partner organizations to help alleviate some social isolation and connect community members. This year's initiative is led by Literacy Volunteers of Waldo County, in partnership with Belfast Free Library, the Hutchinson Center and a committee of community members.