CSU, Chico News

Book Fair to Benefit Book in Common Program

Date: 02-11-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Thia Wolf, director
First Year Experience

The First Year Experience (FYE) program at California State University, Chico, is hosting a Book Fair at Barnes and Noble for the Book in Common Program this weekend on Feb. 13 and 14. The book fair will raise funds for the Book in Common Committee to assist with the expense of bringing authors to the campus and community.

This year’s book in common selection is “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez, a story about a classical musician who ends up homeless because of mental illness. There have been dozens of community events related to the topic of homelessness in the Chico and Oroville areas. Lopez will visit Chico on March 23.

The Book Fair will feature two speakers, one on Saturday and one on Sunday, both at 2 p.m. On Saturday, Feb. 13, Brad Montgomery, executive director of the Torres Shelter, will give a talk titled “After the music stops … a conversation about the growing problem of homelessness.” On Sunday, Feb. 14, Professor Holly Nevarez, Department of Health and Community Services, and some of her students will speak on “Helping the Homeless.” Both presentations include a dialogue with the audience.

Coffee and cookies will be served. There will be a no-cost raffle for a number of items, including tickets to Steve Lopez’s talk in March.

This event is made possible through FYE’s association with the Mentor Student Association (MSA), a new student-led organization dedicated to assisting and promoting the Torres Shelter and the Jesus Center, as well as other important causes.

The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the campus and the broader community. The Book in Common creates opportunities for dialogue and deliberation and a shared sense of purpose among a diverse group of readers.