Monthly Archives: May 2013

Outcasts United Chosen as Common Reading at Butler University

Outcasts United TRFor the second year in a row, Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana, has selected Warren St. John’s Outcasts United for their Common Reading Program.  Butler follows nearly 50 schools who have adopted Outcasts for Common Reading, including Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga and Ohio State University.  The book will be a primary focus for Butler’s Academic Day on August 20th, and will drive in-depth conversation among first-years, all of whom will receive copies.

Click here to view videos of author Warren St. John.

Click here to read an excerpt.

Click here to learn about Butler University’s Common Reading Program.

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Brookhaven College (TX) Selects The Other Wes Moore As 2013 Common Reader

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Joining the ranks of nearly 30 schools, such as the University of California, Los Angeles, Marquette University and Goucher College, Brookhaven College has selected The Other Wes Moore as their 2013 Common Reading book.  According to Nelda Contreras, chair of Brookhaven’s Open Book Committee, the school is working on inventive programming such as panel discussions, contests and service-learning tie-ins to augment the book.  Their 2012 pick was In the Sea There Are Crocodiles.

The Other Wes Moore was the winner of the 2011 BCALA (Black Caucus of ALA) Literary Award for nonfiction, and was named a 2011 Booklist Top 10 Black History Nonfiction Book.

Click here to view a video of author Wes Moore.

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Click here to learn about Brookhaven’s Open Book Program.

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Eat the City Adopted for Freshman Dialogue at NYU

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New York University has chosen Robin Shulman’s Eat the City as their Freshman Year Dialogue book.  All incoming freshmen are expected to read the book prior to arriving on campus in August.  The program connects first-years with faculty members, and introduces them to life at NYU.  Author Robin Shulman will be speaking at the school in the fall.

The book chronicles the people of New York City – both past and present – who grow vegetables, butcher meat, fish local waters, cut and refine sugar, keep bees for honey, brew beer, and make wine. Shulman’s book shows how in urban environments such as New York, people have always found creative ways to use their collective hunger to build their own kind of city.  Eat the City is ultimately about how the ability of cities to feed people has changed over time. Yet it is also, in a sense, the story of the things we long for in cities today: closer human connections, a tangible link to more basic processes and a way to shape more rounded lives.

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Kristen Iversen Wins Alliance for Nuclear Accountability Award

Left to right: Diane Curran, Ron Wyden,  Kathleen Sullivan and Kristen Iversen

Left to right: Diane Curran, Ron Wyden, Kathleen Sullivan and Kristen Iversen.

Kristen Iversen, author of Full Body Burden, was honored on April 16 by the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability in Washington, DC.  Fellow honorees included U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, director and filmmaker Kathleen Sullivan, and environmental lawyer Diane Curran.  The ANA, founded in 1987, represents the concerns of communities living in the shadow of nuclear weapons sites and radioactive waste dumps.

Full Body Burden has been chosen as one of the Best Books of 2012 by Kirkus Reviews and the American Library Association, a 2012 Best Book about Justice by The Atlantic and a Finalist for the Barnes & Noble Discover Award and the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence.  The book has been selected as Common Reading at Fort Lewis College, California State University, Sacramento, Michigan Technical University and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Click here to view Kristen Iversen’s presentation at the 2013 FYE conference.

Click here to visit Kristen Iversen’s webpage.

Click here to read about the ANA.

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