New Castle County Reads

2024 Selection - The Violin Conspiracy

NCC Reads 2024 Author Event- image of Brandon Slocumb

We are excited to announce the NCC Reads 2024 selection is Brendan Slocumb's novel The Violin Conspiracy. The novel tells the riveting story of a young Black musician who discovers that his old family fiddle is actually a priceless Stradivarius: when it’s stolen on the eve of the world’s most prestigious classical music competition, he risks everything to get it back.

We hope you will join us for An Evening with Brendan Slocumb on Tuesday, April 30, 2024, at 7:00 p.m. at the Chase Center on the Riverfront, 815 Justison St, Wilmington, DE 19801. Free admission.

Click here to register for the evening event.

Part of a Book Group? Beginning January 8, 2024, you can sign up your local group to be part of NCC Reads 2024. You will receive updated information about the program and related events. Books will be available for your group while supplies last.  Please remember that book groups need to register each year. 

You can also borrow a copy of the book by visiting any New Castle County Library

For a summary and additional information about The Violin Conspiracy, please visit

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The 2024 NCC Reads program is the 19th annual event in our series, which started in 2005. Beginning in 2010, the New Castle County Reads series began to feature an author talk at St. Mark's High School, so that a large number of community members could enjoy not only reading the book, but hearing the author. Each year since then, this highlight event has attracted more than 500 people to a free event presenting talented writers and an opportunity to meet the author during book signings. As participation has expanded, the author talk moved to the facilities at the Chase Center On The Riverfront, beginning in 2015.

The NCC Reads committee has also reached out to area book groups in an effort to create a true community reading event. To date, at least 50 area book clubs, with 560 members, have registered to be part of the NCC Reads experience.

Libraries have hosted book discussion programs as well, so that all readers have an opportunity to share their thoughts on each year's featured title. Additional programs relating to each title have added to the breadth and depth of understanding and sharing about the themes and ideas found therein.


The Twelve Tribes of Hattie


The Boys in the Boat


The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey


The Silver Linings Playbook




Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet


The Art of Racing in the Rain


Bel Canto


A Walk in the Woods


The Glass Castle


Digging to America




Riding the Bus With My Sister