Yakima Valley Reads: The Eighty-Dollar Champion

OCTOBER 1 – 29, 2020

What if we were all reading the same book at the same time?

Yakima Valley Reads is the annual community-wide reading event that encourages adults throughout the Yakima Valley to read, discuss and engage with a single book. This year’s selected title is The Eighty-Dollar Champion, by Elizabeth Letts, best-selling author of Finding Dorothy.

Beginning October 1, join us for films, online book discussion groups, and guest speakers as we read the dramatic and inspiring story of a man and his horse, an unlikely duo who captivated the nation and rose to stardom in the sport of show jumping. 

Free books will be available for curbside pick up by appointment only.

Books are generously sponsored by the Yakima Valley Libraries Foundation. Available while supplies last.


An Evening with Elizabeth Letts

Thursday, October 29th, 7:00pm

Online via Zoom (event will be recorded and available for on-demand viewing until December 2020)

ELIZABETH LETTS is the New York Times bestselling author of both historical fiction and non-fiction. The Eighty-Dollar Champion was an Indie Next Pick, a Goodreads Reader’s Choice Finalist, and is currently in development as a feature film at MGM Studios. Her second work of non-fiction, The Perfect Horse was a New York Times bestseller and the winner of the Pen USA Literary Award for Research Nonfiction. Her most recent book, Finding Dorothy, is a Publisher’s Weekly bestseller, a Target Book Club pick, a Library Reads selection, and Midwest Connections selection. Elizabeth majored in history at Yale and in both her fiction and non-fiction she is known for her deep and detailed research. She lives in Southern California and Northern Michigan.

Join us on Zoom for a keynote talk and conversation with bestselling author, Elizabeth Letts.

Space is limited. Registration required. Registration opens on Monday, October 5th.


Tuesday, October 27th @ 7:00pm

More dates and registration links coming soon.


Tuesday, October 20th @ 7:00pm

Registration link coming soon.


Harry & Snowman is the Cinderella story of Dutch immigrant Harry deLeyer and his friendship with Snowman, an Amish plow horse he rescued off a truck bound for the glue factory. Within 2 years they would win the Triple Crown of show jumping, beating the nation’s blue bloods and traveling the world as media darlings. Watch the official trailer, below, then click here to borrow the film from the Library.