One Book, One Beaverton 

One Book, One Beaverton is Beaverton City Library’s annual community-wide reading program. This year, we would like to invite all of Beaverton to read The Cold Millions by Jess Walter and then attend related events throughout the month of January. We believe that sharing in the experience of a work of literature can spark meaningful discussion that brings us together as a community. Please join us! 

One Book, One Beaverton Events  


Unless otherwise indicated as “virtual,” events will be held in person at the main library. We will monitor COVID-19 conditions and may move events to a virtual platform if needed. Please check the library’s website for updated information about all events:  

All events require registration. To register, visit or call 503-644-2197, option 2. 

A History of the International Workers of the World (Wobblies) in the Pacific Northwest Wednesday, Jan. 5 | 6:30-7:30 PM  

No group has been more mythologized in American labor history than the Industrial Workers of the World (IWW), and Jess Walter’s The Cold Millions joins a long list of songs, plays, novels, and academic histories that celebrate the Wobblies. Professor Steven Beda, a historian of the American labor movement from the University of Oregon, will illuminate the true history of the IWW in Oregon and Washington. 

An Evening of Vaudeville with Leapin’ Louie Lichtenstein Saturday, Jan. 8 | 6:30-7:30 PM  

Leapin’ Louie combines history and performance to bring the art of vaudeville alive. 

History of the Spokane Tribe of Indians (virtual) Monday, Jan. 10 | 6:30-7:30 PM Warren Seyler, former Chairman of the Spokane Tribe of Indians, will join us virtually to share the tribe’s history, with a special focus on the time period depicted in The Cold Millions

Against the Odds: True Stories of Underdogs, Longshots & Unlikely Heroes Saturday, Jan. 15 | 7-8:30 PM (Doors at 6:30)  

Join us for a night of true stories told live on stage by veteran storytellers. 

Historical Fiction Writing Workshop (virtual) Tuesday, Jan. 18 | 6:30-8 PM  

The Cold Millions is a lively and entertaining work of historical fiction. In this workshop, you will learn the steps for writing historical fiction, look at examples of specific techniques, and write two paragraphs describing the time period you’d most love to explore. Facilitated by Dr. Susan Swartwout, creative writing instructor and founder of Southeast Missouri State University Press. 

Housing & Belonging: An Oregon Humanities Conversation Project Wednesday, Jan. 19 | 6-7:30 PM  

Housing and homelessness are visible and divisive issues in local media, in politics, and across different communities within Oregon. This facilitated discussion will explore common assumptions and perspectives about the experience of houselessness/homelessness and seek to answer the question, How do we decide who “belongs” in our community? 

Song Circle: Work Songs (virtual) Monday, Jan. 24 | 6-7 PM  

Celebrate One Book, One Beaverton and The Cold Millions with work-themed songs at this special edition of Song Circle. We will sing and play 9-10 songs together virtually. Chords and lyrics will be provided. 

Women & Activism in the 21st Century: A Panel Discussion with Local Activists Thursday, Jan. 27 | 6:30-7:30 PM  

Inspired by the “Rebel Girl” Elizabeth Gurley Flynn from The Cold Millions and her dedication to her cause, the library will host a moderated panel discussion with local women activists who will share their motivations, trials, and triumphs as advocates for change. 

KEY EVENT: An Evening with Author Jess Walter Saturday, Feb. 5 | 7-9 PM (Doors at 6:30)  

Join us for the culminating event of One Book, One Beaverton 2022 — an evening with author Jess Walter, who will bring to life the spies, tramps, saloon singers, and lost progressive history of the Pacific Northwest from The Cold Millions. We invite you to stay after the talk to get your book signed by the author. 


Join us for one of three book discussions of The Cold Millions facilitated by library staff. All book discussions require registration. To register, visit or call 503-644-2197, option 2. 

Murray Scholls Book Group (virtual)  

Thursday, Jan. 6 | 10-11:15 AM  

Book Discussion  

Tuesday, Jan. 11 | 6-7 PM  

Recommended Reads Book Group (virtual)  

Tuesday, Jan. 25 | 6:30-7:45 PM