“Watershed Moments” Statewide Read is a statewide book club that invites the people of North Carolina to read selected works of literature as the jumping-off point for meaningful conversations among North Carolinans that can help us better understand important issues in our community and state.

This year’s selections explore our relationship with water and the environment culturally and historically. These stories about water highlight how humanities, literature, and journalism build understanding about significant issues in North Carolina.

2020-2021 Selections

Through April 2021, “Watershed Moments” Statewide Read is featuring two books—one adult fiction novel, The Water Knife by Paolo Bacigalupi and one young adult fiction novel, Dry by Neal and Jarrod Schusterman. The Water Knife is a near-future, apocalyptic thriller about a catastrophic water shortage in the American Southwest that leaves Arizona, Nevada, and California locked in an intense fight for what little water supply remains. Dry also examines drought, climate change, and natural disasters when the taps literally run dry in California, forcing five young adults to make impossible choices to survive.

Programming around the selected books will take place throughout the state from November 2020 through April 2021, and includes book clubs, virtual book discussions, film screenings, and an author finale event.

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Join the Virtual Live Monthly Events Featuring Special Guests and Opportunities to Discuss Dry and The Water Knife.

  • April 22, 2021: Statewide Read Finale
    Join a conversation with the authors as we celebrate and reflect upon the North Carolina Humanities Council's Statewide Read