Posted on October 19, 2017 at 6:00 am
Each year, everyone across Spokane County and the surrounding areas is invited to take part in a community-wide read, known as Spokane Is Reading. The idea started in 2001 as a way to inspire conversation within our community and to encourage reading by adults.
The novel selected for this year’s 16th annual Spokane Is Reading is A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash. The novel is a tale of courage in the face of cruelty and about the power of love to overcome the darkness that lives in us all. It has been described as “a mesmerizing literary thriller about the bond between two brothers and the evil they face in a small western North Carolina town.”
If you get a chance to see any of Wiley Cash’s videos on YouTube or listen to his online interviews, you’ll find him to be thoughtful and approachable. He doesn’t take himself too seriously and has a dry, sometimes goofy, sense of humor—a surefire combination for an enjoyable author reading.
Wiley Cash reads and discusses his fiction at two Spokane Is Reading events:
Spokane Is Reading: Wiley Cash
SPOKANE VALLEY EVENT CENTER (10514 E Sprague Ave)
Thursday, November 9, 1pm
SPOKANE PUBLIC LIBRARY, DOWNTOWN (906 W Main Ave)
Thursday, November 9, 7pm
Both events are free and open to the public.
You can learn more about Spokane Is Reading and how to borrow or purchase a copy of Wiley Cash’s novels by visiting spokaneisreading.org.
A Land More Kind Than Home is Wiley Cash’s debut novel and was first published in 2012. The New York Times says it is an “intensely felt and beautifully told story,” and Richmond Times Dispatch hailed it as “a powerfully moving debut that reads as if Cormac McCarthy decided to rewrite Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Wiley Cash has since published two more novels. This Dark Road to Mercy is described by New York Times Book Review as “a crime novel that’s also a road movie and a baseball tale and a wicked twist on Sixth-Grade Father-Daughter Night.” Kirkus Review shares the following about Cash’s most recent novel, The Last Ballad: “Inspired by the events of an actual textile-mill strike in 1929, Cash creates a vivid picture of one woman’s desperation…. A heartbreaking and beautifully written look at the real people involved in the labor movement.”
Learn more about Wiley Cash and his novels and how to follow him on social media at www.wileycash.com.