Everybody Reads Janet Oakley's "Tree Soldier"

Book cover of "Tree Soldier"Everybody Reads announces the novel Tree Soldier by Janet Oakley as its 2013 community reading selection. In its 13th year, Everybody Reads is a partnership of bookstores, public and academic libraries across the Palouse and LC Valley encouraging all citizens to read and discuss the same book. The program culminates in November with a weeklong series author appearances and community discussions.

Janet Oakley’s Colfax appearance is set for Thursday, November 14, at the noon in the Methodist Church and is in partnership with Whitman County Library and The Colfax Rotary. The community is invited to attend this free event, and attendees are welcome to bring a sack lunch, or pre-order a buffet lunch for $10.00.


Oakley’s complete Everybody Reads tour is as follows:

Tues, Nov. 12 at 6 pm, Lewiston City Library

Weds, Nov. 13 at noon, Asotin County Library, Clarkston

Weds, Nov. 13 at 7 pm, Nezperce Library

Thurs, Nov. 14 at noon, Methodist Church, Colfax Library sponsored

Thurs, Nov. 14 at 6:30 pm, Neill Public Library, Pullman

Fri, Nov. 15 at noon, 1912 Center, Moscow, Latah Co. Library sponsored

This year’s selection is “Tree Soldier,” by Janet Oakley, which is set in the Pacific Northwest and is best described as a novel of love, forgiveness and the great depression. “Tree Soldier” won grand prize in the 2012 Chanticleer Book Review and the EPIC eBook award for historical fiction.

The author, Janet Oakley grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, listening to her mother's stories of life in early 20th century Idaho. Several of them were about the boys from "New Joisey" occupying a side camp up the creek from her uncle's ranch. Desperate boys from back East, they were members of the Civilian Conservation Corps doing reclamation projects in the rugged area of the Salmon River. From these stories came TREE SOLDIER, set in 1930s in the North Cascades Mountains of Washington State.

The recipient of the 2013 Mayor's Award for writing and history, she is currently a Humanities Washington speaker, speaking on the Civilian Conservation Core. Oakley’s depth of knowledge is a large part of her book and is an interesting addition to her local presentations.

To request Tree Soldier or for information about any of these events, contact Whitman County Library at 509-397-4366 or visit the online calendar at www.whitco.lib.wa.us.

You can visit the "Everybody Reads" website here.


Everybody Reads logoFor more information on Everybody Reads, contact:

Kristie Kirkpatrick at 509-397-4366



For a complete list of events and programs happening in all fourteen Whitman County Library branches, visit the Whitman County Library website or the library's events calendar or call the library at 397-4366 or 877-733-3375 toll-free.