About the Book in Common Project
The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. “The Book in Common aims to create a community of readers and engender the kinds of dialogue that mark a healthy civic culture,” according to California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg. The Book in Common is chosen each year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members. The 2016-2017 Book in Common is My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem.
Past community reads include The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers, The Soloist, by Steve Lopez, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba, Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, Unquenchable by Robert Glennon, The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande, and last year's book in common, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson. As in past years, Butte College, Chico State, the City and County have sponsored a variety of events: panel discussions, lectures, and other public events, in celebration of the Book in Common.