Plymouth READS 2020

Plymouth READS has announced its 2020 book selection, "Virgil Wander" by Leif Enger.

Leif Enger’s Virgil Wander is a thoughtful, humorous and mystical novel about hope, friendship, love and loneliness. It’s a potluck of mystery and bootleg movies, fish tales and kite flying, baseball and lasagna. A masterful storyteller, the international bestselling author of “Peace Like a River” brings his characters and their hard luck small town to life for us.

Read the 2020 Plymouth READS book selection, "Virgil Wander" by Leif Enger, then meet the author for the grand finale of this year's events. There will be time for questions at the author event. Books will be available for purchase and signing.

In its eleventh year, Plymouth READS seeks to spark conversation, build community and foster learning and discovery in Plymouth by rallying readers around a single book. Copies of Virgil Wander are available at the Plymouth Library, 15700 36th Ave N.


Related events take place throughout March and April, exploring the themes of the book and bringing community members together. All events take place at Plymouth Library unless otherwise noted.

  • Color the Sky! - Saturday, March 7, 10 a.m. Drop in event for ages 3 - 7 with a caregiver. Color a paper kite and help decorate the library for spring! Materials provided. 
  • Build a Kite - Saturday, March 14, 10 a.m. Grades 3 - 8, with a caregiver. Build a Hornbeam Mark-1 Sled Kite with Dave Herzig, "The Kite Man." Choose patterns, colors, and tails, then take your kite for a test flight. Materials provided.
  • Reconnecting in a Disconnected World with Dr. Cheryl Bemel -  Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m. You've seen her on local TV news, offering advice on such weighty topics as bullying, depression, and cell phone addiction. Psychologist Cheryl Bemel, PhD., will help us tackle the "epidemic of loneliness" across society, and discover ways to re-engage. Time for Q & A. 
  • Stories and Songs with Elisa Korenne - Tuesday, March 31, 7 p.m. Elisa Korenne writes songs about oddballs in history. When those songs led her to move from New York City to rural Minnesota, she became the oddball, detailed in her fish-out-of-water memoir Hundred Miles to Nowhere. Sharing her songs, the stories behind them, and her own humbling journey as a newcomer, Elisa explains how differences can create connection. Books and CD's for sale and signing. 
  • Movie Matinee: Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid - Saturday, April 4, 1 p.m. at Plymouth Creek Center. In “Virgil Wander” the run-down movie house is reborn to host community showings of classic cinema such as Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid. Join us for a viewing of this 1969 film starring Robert Redford and Paul Newman. 
  • Book Discussion - Tuesday, April 7, 7 p.m. Join community members for a moderated discussion of the Plymouth READS 2020 book selection Virgil Wander, by Leif Enger. 
  • Meet Leif Enger - Thursday, April 16, 7 p.m. at Plymouth Creek Center. Read the 2020 Plymouth READS book selection, Virgil Wander by Leif Enger, then meet the author for the grand finale of this year's events. Time for Q&A. Books will be available for purchase and signing. 

Display at Plymouth Library

From March thru mid-April, Plymouth Library will feature a wondrous display of colorful kites, courtesy of the Minnesota Kite Society.

Plymouth READS is sponsored by The Friends of the Plymouth Library, the City of Plymouth and the Plymouth Arts Council.

For more information, go to or call Plymouth Library at 612-543-5825.