McMINNVILLE – "The Highest Tide" by Jim Lynch is this year's selection for MacReads, a community-wide book reading and discussion that culminates in a presentation by the author. Schools, book clubs and residents throughout Yamhill County are encouraged to participate in the program.
The highlight of MacReads will be a reading by Lynch on Thursday, April 30, at 7:30 p.m. in the Jereld R. Nicholson Library at Linfield College. Discussions on the book will be scheduled later this spring and a reception will follow Lynch's appearance.
"The Highest Tide," which won the 2006 Pacific Northwest Bookseller Award, has been a bestseller in the U.S. and United Kingdom and was performed on stage for three weeks at the Seattle Center last May. Film rights have been sold and filming is expected to begin next spring. The book has been likened to "Catcher in the Rye" and "To Kill a Mockingbird." It is a coming of age story about a 13-year-old marine biology whiz kid who becomes a media sensation after he continues to discover exotic deep sea creatures on the tidal flats near his home on Puget Sound. The novel plays with the notion that most people go through life so oblivious to the world around them that a boy who simply pays attention can come across as a genius.
Lynch was raised in the Seattle area, graduated from the University of Washington and worked as a newspaper reporter in Washington, D.C., Spokane, Seattle and Portland before turning to fiction full time. His second novel, "Border Songs," is due out in June and is also set in Western Washington. "The Highest Tide" has been selected for community reading programs in Whidbey Island, Wash., and Grand Rapids, Mich. Lynch has discussed his book at more than 100 events at book stores, book clubs, schools and other venues.
MacReads is in its fifth year and uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Linfield College, Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library and Third Street Books and is open to all interested persons or groups. Books will be available at Third Street Books in McMinnville. Dates of the community discussions will be announced later.
For more information, please contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.