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 is an important means for Chico State to fulfill its missions of community engagement and serving the public good,” according to California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg.

“The wars in Afghanistan and Iraq have witnessed great acts of valor, immense sacrifice, and intense and difficult experiences for thousands of young American men and women.  While these wars have directly touched most – perhaps all – of our families and communities across the nation, they have not occasioned a deep national conversation about the aims of these wars and their costs.  We hope this compelling and gripping novel by a veteran will provide an opportunity for our community to have these conversations,” said Chico State President Paul Zingg.  “Both Butte College and Chico State are deeply committed to serving our veterans.  Our hope is that this book will shine a bright light on their sacrifices, struggles and contributions to our community,” said Butte College’s Dr. Perry.

The Book in Common is chosen each year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members.  Past community reads include The Soloist, by Steve Lopez, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba, Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, and last year's book in common, Unquenchable by Robert Glennon.  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.

Book in Common Calendar

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