Fort Collins Reads thanks you for attending our 2020 virtual event with author Alice Hoffman and NPR “Fresh Air” correspondent and book critic Maureen Corrigan. It was a wonderful conversation and we left it inspired to read and talk about even more good books.

We’d also like to give a big thanks to KUNC for partnering with us this year and providing much needed technical support! Please support your local community radio station and contribute if you can.

The 2020 book was Alice Hoffman’s 28th novel The World That We Knew. This historical fiction is centered on France and Germany in the 1940’s and follows three unforgettable young women who must act with courage and love to survive.

The novel is a New York Times best seller and Longlist recipient for the 2020 Andrew Carnegie Medal. According to The New York Times, the book is “A hymn to the power of resilience, perseverance, and enduring love in dark times, gravely beautiful. Hoffman the storyteller continues to dazzle.”

Copies of The World That We Knew and other titles from Alice Hoffman’s backlist and copies of Maureen Corrigan’s books can be purchased at our partner Old Firehouse Books. 

Book club sets of the novel are also be available this fall at Poudre River District Libraries.

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Ann Patchett


“The energy of the smart and creative board permeates every aspect of the Fort Collins Reads program. The community is vibrant and involved because it is a city of great readers. I cannot began to say enough good things about my experience in Fort Collins.”
2017 Fort Collins Reads Author

Colum McCann

Let The Great World Spin

“When Fort Collins reads, it truly reads!  Between students, book clubs, teachers and librarians it felt as the whole literary world had come together in a generous collision.

What a wonderful place to turn a page…”
2014 Fort Collins Reads Author

T.C. Boyle

The Tortilla Curtain

”Fort Collins Reads is one of the most vital community resources I can think of.  It touches so many, not only in the city, but in the surrounding community as well.  Good people come together to do very good things for literature and for all the local citizens, young and old.  Long may the program live!”
2009 Fort Collins Reads Author