Cleveland, OH -- March 1, 2023. Booklovers from 16,000 public libraries and colleges across the United States are coming together for a nationwide digital book club, Together We Read: US. From March 1 to 15, 2023, readers can enjoy award-winning Mexican-American and Indigenous author Jennifer Givhan's book, River Woman, River Demon, as an ebook and audiobook for free. Readers with a valid library card can join hundreds of thousands of others accessing the digital book with no waitlists or holds by downloading the Libby library reading app, and then participate in an online discussion.
The Together We Read: US digital book club connects readers through thousands of U.S. public libraries and colleges with the same ebook for two weeks and only requires a valid library card to get started. During the program, readers participate in engaging online discussions about the title. This free program is facilitated by the library and OverDrive, the leading digital reading platform for ebooks, audiobooks and magazines and creator of the award-winning Libby app.
I'm truly thrilled and honored that y'all are reading River Woman, River Demon with Together We Read US," said author Jennifer Givhan. "I wrote this book to turn the tables on stereotypical portrayals of Latinx and Indigenous women and our stories, as well as to show that mothering through mental health concerns is arduous and painful and we need a community supporting us. This book is for the brown girls, the marginalized folks, the brujas, and witchy women, all of those who have ever felt left out. This book is for you."
River Woman, River Demon tells the fictional story of Eva Santos Moon, a burgeoning Chicana artist who practices the ancient, spiritual ways of brujería and curanderisma. She's at one of her lowest points—suffering from disorienting blackouts, creative stagnation, and a feeling of disconnect from her magickal roots. When her husband is taken into custody for the shocking murder of their friend, Eva doesn't know whom to trust—least of all, herself. She soon falls under suspicion as a potential suspect, and her past rises to the surface, dredging up the truth about an eerily similar death from her childhood. Struggling with fragmented memories and self-doubt, an increasingly terrified Eva fears that she might have been involved in both murders. As she fights to keep her family out of danger, Eva realizes she must use her magick as a bruja to protect herself and her loved ones, while confronting her own dark history.
River Woman, River Demon is published as an ebook and audiobook by Blackstone Publishing. The digital book can be borrowed from participating U.S. public libraries and colleges during Together We Read between March 1-15, 2023. The ebook and audiobook can be read on all major computers and devices, including iPhone, iPad, Android phones and tablets and Chromebook without waitlists or holds. Through Libby, readers can also "send to Kindle" [U.S. libraries only]. The title will automatically expire at the end of the lending period, and there are no late fees.
OverDrive is a mission-based company that stands with libraries. Named a Certified B Corp in 2017, OverDrive serves more than 88,000 libraries and schools in 109 countries with the industry's largest digital catalog of ebooks, audiobooks, magazines, video and other content. OverDrive empowers libraries and schools by expanding access for all through tireless industry advocacy and consistent innovation. Award-winning apps and services include the Libby library reading app, the Sora student reading app, Kanopy, the leading video streaming app for libraries and colleges, and TeachingBooks.net, which offers one of the largest catalogs of supplemental materials that enhance literacy outcomes. Founded in 1986, OverDrive is based in Cleveland, Ohio USA. www.overdrive.com