Blue Ridge Read

Reading & community-oriented conversations

Blue Ridge Read’s 2020 events will be postponed to 2021.

These events are as much about the Alleghany community coming together as they are about reading.Stay tuned for more information about our 2021 author, book, and events. We think it will be worth the wait!


Blue Ridge Read 2019

Cameron Kent, retired news anchor for WXII and featured author of The Sea is Silent, entertained audiences with his book talk as well as a humorous and inspiring community talk on “Brushes with Greatness.”Other 2019 events included a book signing afternoon and a community conversation facilitated by Cindy Atwood on the Kent’s book.

A Brief History of the Blue Ridge Read

Blue Ridge Read is an initiative of Alleghany Arts Council that encourages reading and community-oriented conversations and activities around a featured novel. Based on similar initiatives in other communities across the U.S. (e.g. One Community, One Book), Blue Ridge Read is nevertheless somewhat unique in that it is entirely volunteer-run. The volunteers are a diverse group of individuals who for the BR Read 2016 chose “Fun, Friendship, & Joy” as guiding principles. 

How it all started 

The idea for Blue Ridge Read was hatched in 2014 by the Blue Ridge Book Club and expanded to include volunteers, readers and artists across the community. As books are not readily available to buy in Alleghany County, the decision was made for the BR Read team to buy books and to provide them free to the community. Individual donations are encouraged. Community and corporate grants and donations have been used to pay author fees and expenses, and to cover promotional costs.In addition to specific BR Read activities listed below, two additional books clubs have been created as a direct result of the BR Read. These book clubs continue to prosper. 


Alleghany Arts Council

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Alleghany Arts Council • PO Box 962 • Sparta, NC 28675 • 336-209-0475

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