Read “Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home” and attend virtual events with thru-hiking legend Heather “Anish” Anderson

Looking for inspiration during this time at home? Whatcom County Library System’s Read & Share has the solution. For their second annual countywide reading program, WCLS staff selected thru-hiking legend Heather “Anish” Anderson’s memoir of adventure and discovery, Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home. Check out the book at local libraries. It’s also available as a downloadable eBook or eAudiobook from the WCLS catalog. Then, join the author’s inspiring presentations and community conversations via Zoom, Oct. 1-10, 2020. Find more information, including how to register, at

In Thirst, Anderson, a former Bellingham resident who is known as “Anish” on the trail, shares the thrilling, reflective story of her record-setting, self-supported Fastest Known Time (FKT) on the Pacific Crest Trail. She’ll share lessons she’s learned along the way and encourage exploration in five free online events. Registration (one per household) is required for the Zoom programs. Space is limited. A Zoom link will be sent before each program.

“We hope Heather’s book and the free online author presentations inspire community and personal exploration,” says WCLS Adult Programming Coordinator Ann McAllen. “In the past, library events like this would have happened live at our branches. COVID has challenged our normal operations, but we’ve found we can create connection and stimulate great book conversations online. We’re thrilled to host Heather and to introduce local readers to her book. We hope our community will join us as we welcome her back – virtually – to Whatcom County.”

WCLS Read & Share 2020 Online Author Events

Read & Share Series Kick Off: Dream Big. Be Courageous.

Choose your own path in life. Heather “Anish” Anderson has pursued her dreams both on trail and off, despite setbacks, failures, and societal pressures. Expect an hour of inspiration through the lens of thru-hiking

4-5 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1

Registration required.

Thru-Hiking 101

Are you dreaming of backpacking a long-distance trail? Tune in to hear about the realities of thru-hiking and gain tips to help you prepare. Ample time for Q&A will be included.

10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 3

Registration required.

Backpacking for Women

Women are well suited to backpacking, yet many women have concerns about hygiene, safety and physical challenges. Hear answers to common concerns.

4-5 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 6

Registration required.

Thirst: 2600 Miles to Home Book Talk

Stories and Readings from Anderson’s book tell the backstory of her first Fastest Known Time and life lessons she learned along the way.

7-8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 8

Registration required.

Read & Share Series Finale: Adventure Stories

Anderson, a 2019 National Geographic Adventurer of the Year, will weave stories and experiences from the trail into a compelling storyline. Join for an inspiring hour of entertainment to close out Read & Share 2020.

10-11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 10

Registration required.