“Half the Sky” selected for MacReads

Nicholas KristofThe seventh annual MacReads program will feature award-winning author Nicholas D. Kristof with this year’s selection “Half the Sky.” MacReads is 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 Kristof Monday, May 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the McMinnville Community Center, 600 N.E. Evans St. Admission is one can of food to benefit YCAP. Books will be available for purchase and signing at the event, which is open to the public.

“Half the Sky,” written by Kristof and his wife, Sheryl WuDunn, uses personal accounts from women around the world to focus on the three main abuses that women face: sex trafficking and forced prostitution, gender-based violence, and maternal mortality.

Kristof, who was raised in Yamhill, and his wife have also published two previous books, “Thunder from the East: Portrait of a Rising Asia” and “China Wakes: The Struggle for the Soul of a Rising Power.” Kristof and WuDunn won a Pulitzer Prize for their coverage of the Tiananmen Square Democracy Movement. He won a second Pulitzer in 2006 for his commentary in the New York Times. He has received numerous other awards for his work.

MacReads uses a common book to create community conversations that cross lines of generation and acquaintance. It is sponsored by Friends of Nicholson Library, Friends of McMinnville Public Library, Third Street Books and the Linfield English Department and is open to all interested persons or groups. Books will be available at Third Street Books, McMinnville Public Library and Linfield’s Nicholson Library. Dates of the community discussions will be announced later.

For more information, contact Susan Barnes Whyte, director of Linfield Libraries, 503-883-2517.