Riverside Reads: Book to Action based on Dreamland by Sam Quinones

Riverside Reads Features Free Book, Conversation with Author

RIVERSIDE, Calif. – Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic by Sam Quinones has been selected as the title for Riverside Reads 2020. Free copies of the book are available at most city libraries, and a virtual conversation with the author has been scheduled for later this month.

Dreamland is a fascinating read that uses historical information to describe how opioid addiction in the United States came to be. It traces the epidemic from small towns in Mexico to the Main Streets of cities across the country and to boardrooms of some of the giant pharmaceutical companies.

The New York Times said Quinones “looks at two phenomena — the over prescription of pain medication in the 1990s and the influx of black-tar heroin from Mexico to the United States — to explain how opiate addiction has come to plague hundreds of towns across the country.”

Free copies of the book are available at all library locations offering Library-to-Go services. If you are interested in a copy of this book, please call your local library or email RPLLibrary@riversideca.gov to schedule pick-up of a copy.

Quinones will join Riverside residents virtually to take part in a discussion about his book on Aug. 26 at 6 p.m. To obtain more information on this event or to participate, please call 951.826.2217 or email RPLLibrary@riversideca.gov.


About Book to Action

Book to Action is a framework that takes the basic book club concept and expands it to create a dynamic series of events for adults and intergenerational groups. Librarians work closely with a community partner to develop a series of programs. Community members read and discuss an engaging book on a current topic, attend author or speaker events, and put their new-found knowledge into action by participating in a community service project or civic engagement activity related to the book.