SOKY Reads!

SOKY Reads! is a community reading program that spotlights one book and one author each year. As part of the program, the Book Fest partners distribute up to 500 copies of the selected book in the area, and it offers each reader the chance to join a community-wide conversation about that book. The author of the selected book visits local schools in Bowling Green and does a writing workshop, a presentation, and participates in special events.

Have any questions about the book or TV series? There are two unique opportunities for parents, educators, teens, and anyone else who’d like to join to come have an open discussion about the book, the show, and mental health awareness. These panels will feature mental health experts from the local community and are free and open to the public. Click the image to the right for a larger view and more details.

September 28, 6:00pm at the Bob Kirby Branch Library | 175 Iron Skillet Ct., Bowling Green KY

October 10, 7:00pm in the Russell Miller Theatre | WKU Fine Arts Center

About the Book

Clay Jensen returns home from school to find a strange package with his name on it lying on his porch. Inside he discovers several cassette tapes recorded by Hannah Baker—his classmate and crush—who committed suicide two weeks earlier. Hannah’s voice tells him that there are thirteen reasons why she decided to end her life. Clay is one of them. If he listens, he’ll find out why. Clay spends the night crisscrossing his town with Hannah as his guide. He becomes a firsthand witness to Hannah’s pain, and as he follows Hannah’s recorded words throughout his town, what he discovers changes his life forever.

…a stealthy hit with surprising staying power…thriller-like pacing.

The New York Times

Motoko Rich

About the Author

Jay Asher‘s debut Young Adult novel, Thirteen Reasons Why, is a #1 New York Times bestseller and was recently released as a Netflix series. His two other YA novels are The Future of Us and What Light. This Halloween will see the release of his YA graphic novel, Piper. His books are published in 40 languages.

Jay will visit Bowling Green this October for YAS Book Con. He will speak about his work at 9:00AM on Friday, October 20, 2017 at SKyPAC. This presentation will be FREE and open to the public. He will also participate in panels and book signings Saturday, October 21 at various locations in downtown Bowling Green. Schedules and more information are at

Book donations are made possible through generous support from Graves Gilbert Clinic.

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