‘Wind is Not a River’ chosen for 2016 Whidbey Reads event

Wind is not a River

Whidbey Reads, an annual event designed to bring Whidbey Island residents of all ages together to discuss the same book, has chosen “The Wind is Not a River” as its 2016 title.

The novel by Canadian author Brian Payton tells the story of Seattle journalist John Easley, who is shot down on an island in the Aleutians occupied by the Japanese during World War II. While John fights to survive and escape detection, his wife, Helen, joins the USO in order to travel to Alaska and discover her husband’s fate.

All five Sno-Isle Libraries on Whidbey Island will feature the book and related programming during March and April. Program topics range from swing dance to Aleut culture to wilderness survival. The culminating event will be presentations by the author at 2 p.m. April 13 in Freeland at Trinity Lutheran Church and at 7 p.m. April 14 at the Oak Harbor Library.

A full schedule of events, author information, and book discussion questions are available online at sno-isle.org/whidbeyreads.

Brian Payton

Brian Payton

For its customers who prefer downloadable books or audiobooks, Sno-Isle Libraries is offering no-wait, no-holds access to “The Wind is Not a River” from March 1 through April 30. Electronic books can be ordered through the OverDrive app or the library’s catalog at sno-isle.org. Print copies are available through the catalog and in Whidbey Island community libraries in Clinton, Freeland, Langley, Coupeville and Oak Harbor.

For an explanation of how Whidbey Reads books are chosen, read the blog post at bit.ly/WhidbeyBook


For more information, contact: 
Kathy Bullene, Assistant Managing Librarian, Oak Harbor Library, kbullene@sno-isle.org, 360-675-5115
Julie Titone, Communications and Marketing Manager, jtitone@sno-isle.org, 360-651-7081