Join us for dinner with Diane Guerrero at #FYE17!

Saturday, February 11 • 7:45-9:30 p.m.   
Atlanta Marriott Marquis | Rooms A601/602
Dinner and author panel, with a book signing to follow

This event is free

Featuring

in the country we loveDiane Guerrero
author of
In the Country We Love
My Family Divided
Henry Holt, & Co.  | About the Book

carry onColson Whitehead
author of
The Underground Railroad
A Novel
Knopf Doubleday

salt housesJ.D. Vance
author of
Hillbilly Elegy
A Memoir of a Family and Culture in Crisis
HarperCollins

on fireGarrard Conley
author of
Boy Erased
A Memoir of Identity, Faith, and Family
Penguin

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CITY OF THORNS is one of East Lansing and Michigan State University’s 2016 #CommonReading Selections! (#FYE16)

City of ThornsThe City of East Lansing and Michigan State University have selected Ben Rawlence’s City of Thorns as one of the books for their 2016 One Book, One Community program!

All incoming first-year students are required to read City of Thornsas well as the program’s other pick, Sonia Nazario’s Enrique’s Journey—before arriving on campus in the fall. City of Thorns will be used in numerous classes and residence hall activities, and it will be the subject of a variety of city-campus programs and special events. Each year, the program also brings the authors to the community and to Michigan State University to welcome the new first-year students to campus. Ben Rawlence will visit the East Lansing community in mid-September. More details on his visit and other events are to come.

The theme of this year’s One Book, One Community program is “Faces of Migration: The Human Experience,” and it focuses on the emotions and personal experiences of individuals on migration journeys. City of Thorns was ultimately selected because the program felt that the book is”vivid” and “illuminating,” it tackles topics that are relevant to both students and the general community, and it fits the selected theme; the book interweaves the stories of nine individuals living in the Dadaab refugee camp in Kenya.

The purpose of the One Book, One College program is to encourage the Michigan State University and surrounding East Lansing community to read the same books, and come together to explore the books’ themes and issues. It is one of the first community reads programs to bring together students from a major university and the residents of its surrounding community. The program seeks to build an intellectual and social rapport among students and community members through the collective experience of reading, thinking, and discussing challenging ideas and themes that tackle important social issues. Additionally, the program strives to provide Michigan State University’s incoming first-year students with a shared learning experience that introduces them to the intellectual rigor of college-level academics.

Click here for more information on other Popular Picks for common reading from Macmillan!

City of Thorns • Picador • 352 pages

SPARE PARTS is Miami University’s 2016 #CommonReading Book! (#FYE16)

Spare PartsMiami University in Ohio has selected Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts for their 2016 Summer Reading program!

All incoming first-year students will receive a copy of the book during their Summer Orientation in June, and will read the book before heading to campus at the end of August. Joshua Davis will be the featured speaker at Miami University’s Convocation ceremony on Friday, August 26. Convocation will be followed by breakout welcome sessions and discussion groups. In these discussion groups, students will engage in lively dialogue about Spare Parts‘s themes, and they will be encouraged to think about how these themes relate to their lives and to the world around them. Some of the themes that will be discussed include innovation, mentoring, collaboration, diversity, and inclusion.

This is the 35th year of Miami University’s Summer Reading program. The school uses this program to underline the following activities that they value most as a community:

  • Critical engagement with ideas
  • Close interaction among faculty, staff, and students
  • Reading, listening, reflecting, talking, and learning as characteristics of active, responsible citizenship.

Overall, this program is designed to unite the student body, and welcome new students into the Miami University community.

Click here to see other schools that have adopted Spare Parts, and other Popular Picks from Macmillan.

SPARE PARTS is Kansas State University’s 2016 #CommonReading Book! (#FYE16)

Spare PartsKansas State University has selected Joshua Davis’s Spare Parts for their 2016 Common Reading Experience program!

All matriculating first-year students (approximately 4,000) will receive a copy of Spare Parts from the university, and will read the book before heading to campus in the fall. Once they arrive on campus, students will engage in classroom discussions about the book in their first-year seminar classes.

Beyond the classroom, students will attend a variety of events related to the book. Joshua Davis will hold an on-campus public lecture on Oct. 6 at 7 p.m., and there will also be a public lecture series by members of the Kansas State community.

Spare Parts was read and reviewed by the K-State Book Network selection committee, which is comprised of 42 faculty, and students and staff from 18 colleges and units. Each year, the selection process entails a vote from the selection committee, a general campus vote (community members are able to vote online), and the Committee Provost’s approval. Out of the three books that made it to the final round of voting, Spare Parts was the overwhelming top choice.

The motto of the K-State Book Network is “A campus on the same page.” Kansas State University’s purpose behind its Common Reading Experience program (K-State First) is to provide a unifying experience to help first year students transition from high school to college. This is accomplished by using the book as the students’ shared experience, and the book is used to facilitate guided academic and social activities.

With universal themes like education and overcoming insurmountable odds as underdogs, Spare Parts was selected, in part, because the committee and K-State community believe that it is a book that will resonate with a diverse student body. “We believe every major, from engineering to English, will find something to connect with in the book,” explained Tara Coleman, chair of K-State Book Network and associate professor, K-State Libraries.

Click here to see other schools that have adopted Spare Parts, and other Popular Picks for common reading from Macmillan!

Picking Cotton is the University of Kentucky’s 2015 Common Reading Experience Book

The University of Kentucky has selected Picking Cotton, the memoir co-authored by Jennifer Tompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, for the 2015-2016 Common Reading Experience!

All matriculating first-year students will receive a copy of the book from the university when they attend their two-day “see blue.” U Orientation over the summer. Before returning to campus in the fall, they’ll read it and complete a brief assignment in preparation for K-Week 2015, the new student transition and welcome week held just before classes begin. During K-Week, they’ll meet with other new students and upperclassmen serving as Peer Leaders to discuss Picking Cotton.

An initiative of UK’s New Student and Family Programs, Student Affairs, and Undergraduate Education offices, the CRE is meant to introduce new students to scholarly discourse and composition; to provide new classmates with a shared intellectual experience; and to engage the entire UK community around timely and relevant topics through yearlong programming on campus.

Throughout the 2015-2016 academic year, the university will hold events related to the book and its themes and topics: racial dynamics, sexual assault, criminal justice in the U.S., guilt and innocence, memory, and forgiveness.

The University of Kentucky realizes the immediate relevance of these topics for students embarking on their college experience just now in the United States; the university also recognizes that issues like sexual assault and racial dynamics must be approached with great sensitivity. The university has taken care to notify readers that the book may be an emotional trigger for some, especially for survivors of sexual assault. Wherever appropriate, students participating in the CRE are entitled to academic accommodations or alternatives.

Though the book’s complex topics and themes present some challenges for a diverse campus community, this year’s CRE also represents an opportunity for the university to emphasize its policies regarding sexual misconduct, mandatory reporting by UK affiliates, and racial discrimination, harassment, or bias, as well as valuable campus resources like the Counseling Center, the Office for Institutional Diversity, the Office of Institutional Equity and Equal Opportunity, and the Violence Intervention and Prevention Center

University President Eli Capilouto writes about this, shares information about related resources available on campus, around Central Kentucky, and nationwide, and expresses the importance of the Common Reading Experience to the UK community, in his compelling welcome letter to the newest class of Kentucky Wildcats. Click on the thumbnail at right to read the letter.

The University of Kentucky is one of fourteen schools that have adopted Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption for a common reading program. For more information about the book and about authors, speakers, and activists Jennifer Thompson-Cannino and Ronald Cotton, click here and visit The Innocence Project.

Picking Cotton • St. Martin’s Griffin • 320 pages