ReadDavidson is a town-wide initiative organized by a group of avid readers, Main Street Books, the Davidson Public Library, and the Town of Davidson. Since 2007, books have been chosen annually, and book-related events have been planned to make each book come to life.  Each year, Davidson residents are invited to participate in programs and events.


Coming VERY soon...the ReadDavidson is finalizing its 2022 selections and will make an announcement soon!


For the first time ever, the ReadDavidson Committee chose FOUR books so that readers of all ages could get involved!  Virtual events highlighted each of these four selections with the aim of stimulating common conversation between friends, families, and community members.

2021 Read Davidson Selections

2021 Events

On March 2, 16, and April 1 at 7:00 p.m., there were virtual panel discussions of sequential portions of Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson. On April 17, 22, and 24,  Main Street Books virtually hosted author talks for the remaining three books: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams, Legendborn by Tracy Deonn, and The Power of One by Tracy Ludwig.  Video links for these events are available below:

Caste: The Origins of our Discontents by Isabel Wilkerson

  • March 2: Parts I-III; Watch the video HERE.
  • March 16: Parts IV-V Watch the video HERE.
  • April 1: Parts Vi-VII Watch the video HERE.

April 17: Genesis Begins Again by Alicia D. Williams(Middle Grades Fiction) with Robin McLennon

April 22: Legendborn by Tracy Deonn (Young Adult Fiction) with Dr. Hilary Green

  • Watch the video HERE

April 24: The Power of One by Trudy Ludwig, illustrated by Mike Curato


The ReadDavidson initiative would not be possible without the support of the following sponsors:

  • Main Street Books
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Davidson Public Library

Prior ReadDavidson selections

2021: Caste: The Origins of Our Discontent by Isabel Wilkerson; Legendborn by Tracy Deonn; Genesis Begins Again by Alicia Williams; The Power of One by Trudy Ludwig

2019: Varina by Charles Frazier

2018: News of the World by Paulette Jiles

2017: Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel

2016: Wherever There is Light by Peter Golden

2015: Guests on Earth by Lee Smith

2014: One Second After by William Forstchen

2013: A Land More Kind Than Home by Wiley Cash

2012: State of Wonder by Ann Patchett

2011: The Help by Kathryn Stockett

2010: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

2009: The Color of Water by James McBride

2008: One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash

2007: The Bridge by Doug Marlette