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Submitted by Whatcom County Library System

WCLS’s fourth annual Read & Share features Bellingham author Clyde W. Ford’s award-winning memoir, Think Black. It is a vivid portrayal of the intersection between technology and race and the tension between a trailblazing father and rebellious son. Borrow the book or eAudiobook from the library. Then register for Oct. 8-Nov. 10 online author events, including book discussions and writing workshops at wcls.org/readandshare

This year’s Read & Share program, Ford says, lends itself to tough discussions about race and the extent to which technology dominates our lives.  Think Black won the 2021 Washington State Book Award for creative nonfiction.

Ford, who has lived in Bellingham for 33 years and has written 14 books of fiction and non-fiction, is looking forward to discussing Think Black with his neighbors. “Talking about hard topics, considering them together, helps us move forward as a society,” he says.  “It is like a thread that connects people when you are reading and focusing on something similar.” Listen to an interview with Clyde Ford in our latest podcast episode at wcls.org/podcast

Read & Share Events – Space is limited. Registration required at wcls.org/readandshare. A link will be emailed to registered guests prior to the event.  

Author Events — ONLINE  

Adult Writing Workshop with Clyde Ford 
Clyde Ford is the author of 14 works of fiction and nonfiction. In this workshop, the author shares tips to inspire your writing practice and to craft stories that will engage people.
Saturday, Oct. 8
1:00 PM-2:00 PM?

Think Black Book Talk with Clyde Ford 
The Bellingham-based author vividly describes the journey of researching and writing his award-winning memoir. In her review of Think Black, librarian and noted book critic Nancy Pearl said: “Using the experiences of both his father and himself, (Ford) frames the story of race in America over the last 70 years. Audience questions are welcome.
Thursday, October 20 ? 
7:00 PM–8:00 PM

Magical Mystery Tour with Clyde Ford 
The author shares how he became a writer. This inspiring session is ideal for anyone fascinated by the creative process.  
Thursday, October 27 ? 
7:00 PM–8:00 PM

Of Blood and Sweat Book Talk 
Ford’s latest book, Of Blood and Sweat: Black Lives and the Making of White Power and Wealth, was published to acclaim in April 2022. In her review of the book, WCLS Collection Librarian Mary Kinser writes: “Ford meshes his storytelling talents with his skills as a historian, tracing the ways in which Black labor built the very structures and systems on which our nation rests.” 
Saturday, Nov. 5 ? 
1:00 PM-2:00 PM

Clyde Ford Creative Writing Program with Teens (Grades 6-12) 
Teen writers, join us for a special hour with author Clyde Ford. He will share insights about writing and publishing and will answer your questions about becoming a published author.? “I am interested in helping people find their voice in the written word. Finding themselves in finding their voice,” Ford says.  
Thursday, Nov. 10 
4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Think Black Book Discussions – Open to all. Registration required, wcls.org/readandshare 
Discuss the Read & Share book with neighbors and library staff. Author will not attend.

Books and Bites Book Club 
Friday, Sept. 16 
1:00 PM-2:30 PM 
Blaine Library and Online 

Foothills Book Club  
Tuesday, Sept. 20  
7:00 PM-8:15 PM
Deming Library and Online

Clyde W. Ford. Photo credit: David Middleton
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