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Support THRIVE with the Bookshop Amanda Gorman Book Drive


Amanda Gorman Book Drive to benefit Thrive!

To celebrate National Poetry Month, and Country Bookshelf are proud to partner with Penguin Young Readers to donate copies of Amanda Gorman’s books to Thrive! Thrive's mission to support our community's youth in growing and succeeding is very near and dear to our hearts. 

We are helping Thrive's Child Advancement Project recruit mentors. In just one hour a week, as a Child Advancement Project (CAP) mentor you can help a child believe in themselves. Join a community of over 500 students and professionals invested in local youth. We think that books, and in particular the words of our National Youth Poet Laureate are a great way to welcome CAP mentors and mentees to the program, and to inspire them to chase their dreams.

When you purchase a copy through this page, you will be supporting our chosen donation partner Thrive with the donated books, as well as supporting our bookstore with your purchase!

Book donations accepted from March 14, 2022 through May 13, 2022, but you can become a CAP mentor at anytime.

Books in Common NW: Annalee Newitz

This Thursday, 2/11 @ 7:30pm - Books in Common NW is thrilled to welcome acclaimed science journalist and writer Annalee Newitz to share their new book Four Lost Cities. In Four Lost Cities, Newitz takes readers on an entertaining and mind-bending adventure into the deep history of urban life. Investigating across the centuries and around the world, Newitz explores the rise and fall of four ancient cities, each the center of a sophisticated civilization: the Neolithic site of Çatalhöyük in Central Turkey, the Roman vacation town of Pompeii on Italy’s southern coast, the medieval megacity of Angkor in Cambodia, and the indigenous metropolis Cahokia, which stood beside the Mississippi River where East St. Louis is today. Newitz will be joined in conversation by The Atlantic staff writer Sarah Zhang.

Newitz travels to all four sites and investigates the cutting-edge research in archaeology, revealing a mix of environmental changes and political turmoil that doomed these ancient settlements. Tracing the early development of urban planning, Newitz also introduces us to the often anonymous workers—slaves, women, immigrants, and manual laborers—who built these cities and created monuments that lasted millennia.

Four Lost Cities is a journey into the forgotten past, but, foreseeing a future in which the majority of people on Earth will be living in cities, it may also reveal something of our own fate. You won’t want to miss this! 

Register Today!