Fort Collins Reads is pleased to announce this year’s event, albeit in a different format. Join us on Sunday, November 1, 2020, at 2:00 p.m. for a virtual conversation between our 2020 author Alice Hoffman and NPR “Fresh Air” correspondent and book critic Maureen Corrigan. We’re thrilled to partner with local public radio station KUNC to bring you this year’s event!

The 2020 book is 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. The paperback will be released September 1st! The first 150 people to order the paperback will get 20% off and a signed bookplate! Order your signed copy here:

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

We encourage our community of readers to join us in reading this thought provoking book. Enjoy your community discussions, and then join us November 1 for the online author event featuring Alice Hoffman and hosted by Maureen Corrigan.


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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