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.
“Migration from Mexico to the United States is not a new issue, but it is often misunderstood. The Distance Between Us puts a human face on the statistics that drive policy debates. At times we forget that there are lives in the balance behind the numbers in the media,” said Chico State President Paul Zingg. "Both Butte College and Chico State share a mission of access to college for all Californians. The author’s experience with community college as a means to escape poverty is the story of so many of our students at Butte College and Chico State alike,” said Butte College President Kimberly Perry.
The Book in Common is chosen each year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members. The 2014-2015 Book in Common is The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande. Past community reads include The Soloist, by Steve Lopez, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba, Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers, Unquenchable by Robert Glennon, and last year's book in common, The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers. 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. Author visits are also often part of the Book in Common, and Grande will be invited to speak in Chico during the coming academic year.