New Castle County Reads

2020 Selection: Pachinko by Min Jin Lee

New date, October 22, 2021, for NCC Reads Event

Mark your calendars now for an Evening With the Author on Friday, October 22, at 7:00 pm at the Chase Center on the Riverfront. Author Min Jin Lee will discuss her bestselling novel, Pachinko. A book signing will follow a Q&A.

Registration is requested. Masks are required inside the Chase Center. 

The 2017 novel, Pachinko, was a finalist for the National Book Award and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Richly told and profoundly moving, the bestselling epic features four generations of a poor, proud immigrant family’s fight to control their destinies in Japan -- surviving and thriving against the indifferent arc of history.

David Mitchell, bestselling author of The Bone Clocks,  called Pachinko, "a deep, broad, addictive history of a Korean family in Japan enduring and prospering through the 20th century." The New York Times called the novel, "Stunning... Despite the compelling sweep of time and history, it is the characters and their tumultuous lives that propel the narrative... A compassionate, clear gaze at the chaotic landscape of life itself." 

Min Jin Lee is a recipient of fellowships in Fiction from the Guggenheim Foundation (2018), the Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Study at Harvard (2018-2019), and the New York Foundation for the Arts (2000). She is the author of another novel, Free Food for Millionaires. 

For a summary and additional information about Pachinko, please visit

Thank you for your ongoing support of NCC Reads and your New Castle County Libraries!

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The 2020 NCC Reads program is the 16th annual event in our series, which started in 2005. Beginning in 2010, the New Castle County Reads series began to feature an author talk at St. Mark's High School, so that a large number of community members could enjoy not only reading the book, but hearing the author. Each year since then, this highlight event has attracted more than 500 people to a free event presenting talented writers and an opportunity to meet the author during book signings. As participation has expanded, the author talk moved to the facilities at the Chase Center On The Riverfront, beginning in 2015.

The NCC Reads committee has also reached out to area book groups in an effort to create a true community reading event. To date, at least 50 area book clubs, with 560 members, have registered to be part of the NCC Reads experience.

Libraries have hosted book discussion programs as well, so that all readers have an opportunity to share their thoughts on each year's featured title. Additional programs relating to each title have added to the breadth and depth of understanding and sharing about the themes and ideas found therein.


The Silver Linings Playbook




Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


The Art of Racing in the Rain


Bel Canto


A Walk in the Woods


The Glass Castle


Digging to America




Riding the Bus With My Sister