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Winter Sojourn Author Study

Cold Millions

Tuesday, October 5, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm
  • Conference Room or Virtually via Zoom
Spokane in 1909—brothers Gig and Rye arrive from Montana, they land in a town teeming with interesting characters. 

About the Book 

In Spokane in 1909, love more than idealism moves 16-year-old Rye Dolan to follow his older brother, Gig, against Gig's wishes, to a free speech protest and, as a result, to jail. When it's discovered that he's being kept in the brutal, overfilled prison as a minor, he's released and becomes a rather unwitting spokesperson for the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), the labor union behind the rally for which Gig is a vocal organizer. With Gig still in jail, Rye is taken under the wings of both a local mining millionaire and Gurley, which is how real-life IWW activist Elizabeth Gurley Flynn is mostly referred to in these pages. The precarious-from-the-start setup introduces Rye to more suffering and more possibilities than he'd known existed in his difficult young life and forces him to forge a path outside of his beloved brother's shadow. Strung up around true events and a handful of real people, Walter's (We Live in Water, 2013) latest is informed by intensive, ardent research and reverence for his home city; consider this book a train ticket to a past time and place. In addition to boldly voiced characters and dramatic suspense, in this century-ago tale of labor rights and wealth inequality readers will find plenty of modern relevance. -Booklist Review

About the Club 

The Lunchtime Book Club meets once a month and is facilitated by Bud Werner Library's Circulation Services Manager, Michelle Dover. Open to anyone interested in participating, this club meets during lunch and is designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. No need to attend all of the discussions, just pick the ones that interest you! The group is limited to 15 participants per meeting. Sign up at the circulation desk, call 879-0240, or use the registration button at the top of this page.