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 available via contact-free pick up at all community libraries.

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


An Evening with Elizabeth Letts

Thursday, October 29th, 6:00pm

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. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.


Tuesday, October 27th @ 7:00pm

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Tuesday, November 3rd @ 7:00pm

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