California Reads is a reading and discussion series based upon the books Farewell to Manzanar, Lost City Radio, and The Penguin Guide to the U.S. Constitution. This series of programs is designed to promote civic dialogue and meaningful conversation related to the theme Searching for Democracy.
SDCL branches across the county are participating with special programs being offered through November.
The Penguin Guide to the United States Constitution by Richard Beeman
Annotated by one of the nation's foremost Constitutional scholars, this edition of our nation's founding documents provides both text and context for understanding our democracy.
Farewell to Manzanar by Jeanne Wakatsuki Houston and James D. Houston
A compelling memoir about the Japanese-American internment experience, as seen through the eyes of a young girl, and a haunting reminder of how our civil rights are at risk in moments of crisis.
Lost City Radio by Daniel Alarcón
A haunting novel by a young California writer that raises questions about the importance of historical knowledge, collective memory, and access to information in a democratic society.
California Reads programs are made possible with support from Cal Humanities in partnership with California Center for the Book.