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

All events are free and open to the public.

2015 Selection

  • "Guests on Earth" by Lee Smith 
Citizens are encouraged to read the book and then attend fun and educational book-related events in the fall.  

2015 Events:

Panel Discussion led by Community Mental Health Professionals on September 10 at Davidson Town Hall at 7:00 p.m. Featuring Joanne Sobolewski and others;

Lecture by Tony Abbott on “Lee Smith, Zelda Fitzgerald, and Guests on Earth: A Biographical Approach to the Novel” on September 30 at 4:00 p.m. at The Pines at Davidson's Davidson Room; 

Book Discussion led by Executive Director of DavidsonLearns Amy Diamond on October 22 at 7:00 p.m. at the Davidson Public Library;


A Visit by Author Lee Smith, October 28 at 7:00 p.m. in the Lilly Family Gallery on Davidson College's campus, in partnership with the Department of English. After Lee Smith speaks, she will sign books.

Books are available at Main Street Books and at the Davidson Public Library.

Thank you to our sponsors:
  • Main Street Books
  • Charlotte Mecklenburg Library
  • Davidson Public Library
  • PostNet
  • Davidson College Department of English
  • DavidsonLearns
ReadDavidson was first launched in 2007 and is a partnership between the Town of Davidson, the Davidson Public Library, Main Street Books and several local avid readers. Past ReadDavidson books have been “The Bridge,” by Doug Marlette, “One Foot in Eden,” by Ron Rash, “The Color of Water," by James McBride, “A Walk in the Woods,” by Bill Bryson, "The Help" by Kathryn Stockett, "State of Wonder" by Ann Patchett, "A Land More Kind Than Home" by Wiley Cash, and "One Second After" by William Forstchen.
Guests on Earth