One Book, One City

Founded in 2002, Fort Collins Reads, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit, works to connect the community through a discussion of literature and timely topics and hosts some of the nation’s most recognized authors.


Fort Collins Reads’ 2019 author was novelist, non-fiction writer, poet, and essayist, Luis Alberto Urrea and his book of fiction, The House of Broken Angels.

The novel is a “New York Times” Notable Book and one of the best books of 2018 for NPR, Kirkus Reviews, and the New York Public Library. A professor of creative writing at the University of Illinois, Chicago, Urrea is best known for the non-fiction The Devil’s Highway, which was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, and Hummingbird’s Daughter, an historical novel. He also won an American Book Award for his memoir Nobody’s Son: Notes From an American Life.

Stay tuned for the announcement of our 2020 book selection and author!


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