LET’S READ September & October 2019!

Book #1: Grandma Gatewood’s Walk by Ben Montgomery

Montgomery chronicles Emma Gatewood’s 800-mile walk along the Appalachian Trail. At 67, Gatewood left her home one day in 1955 with only a change of clothes and $200. She told her family she was going on a walk. Using Gatewood’s own diaries, trail journals, and correspondence and interviews with surviving family members, Montgomery inspires readers with Gatewood’s spirit, determination and triumph over pain.

Book #2: A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson

Bill Bryson is an entertaining guide to the Appalachian Trail. The trail stretches from Georgia to Maine and covers some of the most breathtaking terrain in America–majestic mountains, silent forests and sparkling lakes. With humor Bryson describes his inadequate preparation for the hike, his struggles and his missteps along the journey. Bryson also highlights the history and ecology of the trail, and some of the other hardy (or just foolhardy) folks and bears he meets along the way.

Multiply your reading experience when you join 2Book Topeka, our community reading initiative. Three times a year everyone in Shawnee County has the opportunity to read and talk about two books on a theme. Our June-July 2019 theme is space featuring The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach.

We are a reading community and have come together 11 times in the past to read the same book, talk about it and enjoy events with the Big Read. Think of 2Book Topeka as “big read” times two! We started 2Book Topeka as our community read to meet the demand and enthusiasm generated by the Big Read. For many people the Big Read didn’t happen often enough.


2Book Topeka Book Club & Events

  • Mon, Sept 23 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss Grandma Gatewood’s Walk
  • Sun, Sept 29 | 2-3:30pm | Marvin Auditorium AB – Ben Montgomery will discuss his New York Times bestseller Grandma Gatewood’s Walk. He will share Gatewood’s backstory and discuss his research. Q&A and book signing to follow.
  • Mon, Oct 21 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and discuss A Walk in the Woods.
  • Mon, Nov 18 | 7-8pm | Learning Center – Take part in the 2Book Topeka Book Club and share what book you’ve loved lately or all-time favorites. We’ll all add new titles to our lists.

Upcoming Titles

Spring 2020
The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate and The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern


Previous 2Book Topeka Reads

Summer 2019
The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams and Packing for Mars by Mary Roach

Spring 2019
The Soul of Baseball by Joe Posnanski and Shoeless Joe by W.P. Kinsella

Fall 2018
A Test of Wills by Charles Todd and Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear

Summer 2018
After Tupac and Foster D by Jacqueline Woodson and The Magic Strings of Frankie Presto by Mitch Albom

Winter 2018
Mr. Escape from Mr. Lemoncello’s Library by Chris Grabenstein and Ready Player One by Ernest Cline

Fall 2017
The Devil in the White City by Eric Larson and The Alienist by Caleb Carr

Summer 2017
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot and 
The House of the Scorpion
by Nancy Farmer


Help us plan future 2Book Topeka Reads

If you have suggestions for a future 2Book Topeka book or two books around a theme, let us know.

2Book Suggestion Form

  • Suggest two books around a theme for a future 2Book Topeka community read