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Book in Common, “The Yellow Birds,” Kick-off in City Plaza Sept. 12

Date: 09-10-2013

Sarah Langford
Bill Loker, Dean
Undergraduate Studies

The first in a series of events exploring “The Yellow Birds,” the 2013-14 Book in Common, will be held Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6 to 7 p.m. in Chico’s City Plaza. The Book in Common is a joint project of California State University, Chico; Butte College; the City of Chico; and Butte County.

“The Yellow Birds” is a highly acclaimed novel about a soldier’s experiences in the Iraq War, torn between a promise made to a friend and his duty as a soldier and the difficulties readjusting to civilian life. A finalist for the National Book Award, “The Yellow Birds” is the first book for author Kevin Powers, himself an Iraq War veteran.>

A Color Guard presentation, student readings from the book, and a welcome address from Butte County Supervisor Maureen Kirk are among the evening’s highlights. CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg, Butte College President Kimberly Perry, and the mother of a veteran will also address attendees during the presentation.

The Book in Common is a shared community read designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. It is chosen each year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members. Past community reads include “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez, “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers and the 2012-12 Book in Common, “Unquenchable” by Robert Glennon.

“The Book in Common aims to create a community of readers and engender the kinds of dialogue that mark a healthy civic culture,” said Zingg. “We hope this compelling and gripping novel by a veteran will provide an opportunity for our community to have these conversations.”

As in past years, Butte College, CSU, Chico, the city and the county will sponsor a variety of events in celebration of the Book in Common throughout the year, including panel discussions, lectures and other public events. Author visits are also part of the Book in Common.

The kickoff event coincides with the Downtown Farmer’s Market. Vehicles may access the plaza using Main or 5th Streets; Broadway and 4th Streets will be closed.

Check the Book in Common website, www.csuchico.edu/bic, for information on future events.