Community chooses “After the Flood” by Kassandra Montag as the 2020 Omaha Reads selection

Each year, Omaha Public Library (OPL) encourages the community to vote for and read one book as a way to promote literacy and inspire discussion among Omaha and Douglas County residents. The selection is celebrated with book talks and other related programming.

Join us in reading this year’s Omaha Reads selection, “After the Flood,” by Nebraska author Kassandra Montag.

“After the Flood” is a debut novel imagining a future in which flood waters have progressively destroyed America as we know it, leaving only mountaintop communities surrounded by water. Myra and her 7-year-old daughter Pearl have learned to survive, mostly by remaining fiercely independent, free from untrustworthy relationships. When Myra learns that her other daughter may still be alive, she will stop at nothing to find her.

“We live in a community of readers who appreciate and want to celebrate local authors,” said OPL Executive Director Laura Marlane. “We share in that enthusiasm and look forward to generating more discussion around ‘After the Flood.’”

Get involved with Omaha Reads by checking out the book, participating in a program, and discussing the book with friends, family and neighbors. All programs are free to attend, but registration is required. Learn more and register for programs at

  • Omaha Reads Book Discussion: Join us online for a virtual discussion of the book on Tuesday, Sept. 15, noon and Thursday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.
  • Kassandra Montag Virtual Author Visit: On Tuesday, Sept. 29, 7 p.m., Montag will participate in a virtual moderated discussion and Q&A session.

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Learn more about the author Kassandra Montag at Reserve your copy of “After the Flood” today at Unlimited digital copies of this title are available during the Omaha Reads campaign through Libby by OverDrive. Visit for information about additional programs and resources offered at Omaha Public Library.