The “One Book, One Community” project offered by the six Livingston County Libraries (Brighton, Fowlerville, Hamburg, Hartland, Howell, and Pinckney), LIVINGSTON READS encourages residents of Livingston County, Michigan to read for pleasure, creates community through reading, and promotes the exploration of ideas, knowledge, and a love of Michigan!


MEET THE AUTHOR VIRTUALLY!

The Livingston Libraries Present a Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson

Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom
1930s Packhorse Librarians, the Great Depression, and the “blue people” of Kentucky inspired Kim Michele Richardson’s bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer attendee questions.
Registration begins Thursday, March 25.

2021 Book Selection

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek Book Cover

The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times, and USA Today bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, is a powerful message about how the written word affects people — a story of hope and heartbreak, raw courage, and strength splintered with poverty and oppression, and one woman’s chances beyond the darkly hollows.
Inspired by the true and historical blue-skinned people of Kentucky and the brave and dedicated Kentucky Pack Horse library service, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek showcases a first in traditionally published literary novels — a bold and unique story about the Kentucky Blue people and Packhorse Librarians — a tale of fierce strength and one woman’s belief that books can carry us anywhere — even back home.


About the Author

Kim Michele Richardson Author Photo
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Kim Michele Richardson

The New York Times, Los Angeles Times and USA Today bestselling author, Kim Michele Richardson, has written four works of historical fiction, and a bestselling memoir, The Unbreakable Child. Her latest multi-award winning novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek, has earned a 2019 LibraryReads Best Book, Indie Next, SIBA, Forbes Best Historical Novel, 2020 PBS Readers Choice Book-A-Million Best Fiction, and is an Oprah’s Buzziest Books pick and a Women’s National Book Association Great Group Reads selection. It was inspired by the real life, remarkable “blue people” of Kentucky, and the fierce, brave Packhorse Librarians who used the power of literacy to overcome bigotry, and fear during the Great Depression. Kim Michele lives with her family in Kentucky and is the founder of Shy Rabbit.


Libraries and Events

The 2021 Livingston Reads events are sponsored in part by the local Friends of the Library organizations.

Brighton District Library

100 Library Drive, Brighton, MI. 48116
810.229.6571
Website

Virtual Brunch Bunch Book Discussion
Tuesday, March 9, 2021 11:00am-12:00pm, online via Zoom

Join us to discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, our 2021 Livingston Reads selections. Books can be requested or placed on hold through the Library’s shared catalog. Registration begins Tuesday, February 23.

Virtual Books and Brews Book Discussion
Wednesday, March 10, 6:30-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

Join us to discuss The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson, our 2021 Livingston Reads selections. Books can be requested or placed on hold through the Library’s shared catalog. Registration begins Wednesday, February 24.

Examining Kentucky Pack Horse Librarian Scrapbooks
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 7:00-8:00pm, online via Zoom

Professor Jason Vance from Middle Tennessee State University will share findings from his research on scrapbooks created as part of the Kentucky Pack Horse Libraries project that ran from 1936-1943. Pack horse librarians assembled these scrapbooks using local recipes, hand-drawn quilt patterns, and clippings from donated magazines. The scrapbooks then became part of the pack horse libraries’ circulating collections. Registration begins Wednesday, February 24.

A Bite of History: Pack Horse Librarian Recipes
Monday, March 24, 2021 7:00-8:00pm, online via Zoom

Join us as we dive into authentic recipes traced back from the Pack Horse Librarians. Three recipes will be provided and demonstrated, including Pickled Chicken, Blackberry Jelly, and Potato Cakes. Registration begins Wednesday, March 10.

The Livingston Libraries present a Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

1930s Packhorse Librarians, the Great Depression, and the “blue people” of Kentucky inspired Kim Michele Richardson’s bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer attendee questions. Registration begins Thursday, March 25.

A Bourbon Adventure with Phil
Wednesday, April 21, 2021 7:00-8:00pm, online via Zoom

Phil Kollin has a lot to say about whiskey. He has things to say about whiskey’s colorful history, the fascinating process of distilling and the stories behind each bottle. He wants to share tales about the spirit’s lore, the unyielding appeal, and the legendary and compelling characters behind each brand. He wants to talk about the myths that everyone thinks they know to be true (but usually aren’t). And Phil wants to talk about the long journey that bourbon whiskey endured to became America’s native spirit. Registration begins Wednesday, April 7.


Fowlerville District Library

130 S. Grand Ave., Fowlerville, MI. 48836
517.223.9089
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The Livingston Libraries present a Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

1930s Packhorse Librarians, the Great Depression, and the “blue people” of Kentucky inspired Kim Michele Richardson’s bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer attendee questions. Registration begins Thursday, March 25.


Hamburg Township Library

10411 Merril Road, Hamburg, MI. 48139
810.231.1771
Website

The Livingston Libraries present a Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

1930s Packhorse Librarians, the Great Depression, and the “blue people” of Kentucky inspired Kim Michele Richardson’s bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer attendee questions. Registration begins Thursday, March 25.


Hartland's Cromaine Library

3688 N. Hartland Road, Hartland, MI. 48353
810.632.5200
Website

Virtual Event for Livingston Reads: The Great Depression & the New Deal
Wednesday, March 17, 2021 6:30pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

Professor Daniel Clark from Oakland University walks us through various programs of the New Deal as a response to the Great Depression. The lecture covers topics that are laced throughout The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. This is a live Zoom event. Register with valid email to receive the access link. An email confirmation will be sent to you from Zoom with your unique, nontransferable link to attend the virtual event–please check both your inbox and your spam folder. Registration begins Thursday, February 25 and closes at 10:00 am the day of the event.

Virtual Book Discussion for Livingston Reads
Wednesday, March 24, 2021 6:30pm-7:30pm, Online via Zoom

Join librarians Damon and Erik for a rousing discussion of 2021’s Livingston Reads pick, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. This is an interactive, live Zoom event. Each registered individual will receive a complimentary copy of the book. This is a live Zoom event. Register with valid email to receive the access link. An email confirmation will be sent to you from Zoom with your unique, nontransferable link to attend the virtual event–please check both your inbox and your spam folder. Registration begins Wednesday, February 25 and closes at 10:00 am the day of the event.

The Livingston Libraries present a Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

1930s Packhorse Librarians, the Great Depression, and the “blue people” of Kentucky inspired Kim Michele Richardson’s bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer attendee questions. Registration begins Thursday, March 25.

Travel Your Taste Buds Virtually with the Great Foodini
Friday, April 16, 7:00pm, Online via Facebook Live

No registration required, just visit the Cromaine District Library’s Facebook page!


Howell Carnegie District Library

314 W. Grand River, Howell, MI. 48843
517.546.0720
Website

The Livingston Libraries present a Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

1930s Packhorse Librarians, the Great Depression, and the “blue people” of Kentucky inspired Kim Michele Richardson’s bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer attendee questions. Registration begins Thursday, March 25.

Fiction Addiction Book Club
Wednesday, April 28, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

Can’t get enough popular fiction? Want to share your fervor with fellow fiction junkies? Join us monthly for lively virtual discussions led by our Adult Services library staff. Bring a friend, or make a new one! Attend any or all sessions as you wish; we’ll be glad to have you participate when you can. This month we will discuss the book The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson. Registration is open now and closes 24 hours before the program.


Pinckney Community Public Library

125 Putnam Street, Pinckney, MI. 48169
734.878.3888
Website

The Livingston Libraries present a Virtual Author Visit with Kim Michele Richardson
Thursday, April 8, 2021 7:00pm-8:00pm, Online via Zoom

1930s Packhorse Librarians, the Great Depression, and the “blue people” of Kentucky inspired Kim Michele Richardson’s bestselling novel, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek. Kim Michele will discuss the book, her writing process, and answer attendee questions. Registration begins Thursday, March 25.

Off the Shelf Virtual Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 6:30pm-7:30pm, Online

Join us at the Pinckney Library as we discuss the 2020 Livingston Reads featured title, The Book Woman of Troublesome Creek by Kim Michele Richardson.


Past Livingston Reads Books

(2020) The All-Girl Filling Station’s Last Reunion by Fannie Flagg
(2019) A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson
(2018) Murder on the Orient Express by Agatha Christie
(2017) Jaws by Peter Benchley
(2016) The Martian by Andy Weir
(2015) Bitter Brew by William Knoedelseder
(2014) The Butler by Wil Haygood
(2013) Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen
(2012) Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
(2011) A Superior Death by Nevada Barr
(2010) Comfort Food by Kate Jacobs
(2009) The Final Season by Tom Stanton
(2008) The Worst Hard Time by Timothy Egan
(2007) Montana 1948 by Larry Watson
(2006) The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night Time by Mark Haddon
(2005) Pay It Forward by Catherine Ryan Hyde