A publication for the faculty, staff, administrators, and friends of California State University, Chico
September 18, 2008 Volume 39 / Number 1


10th Anniversary of Book in Common Spreads to Community

CSU, Chico's Book in Common program, now in its 10th year, has greatly expanded for 2008–09 with community partnerships, local reading groups, book-related lectures and films, and other activities.

This year's Book in Common selection, Three Cups of Tea, by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin, is an award-winning non-fiction bestseller that describes Mortenson's remarkable adventures building schools in remote areas of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Three Cups of Tea has been adopted as a Book in Common not only by CSU, Chico, but also by Butte College, the City of Chico, Butte County Public Libraries, the Chico Enterprise Record, and the Chico Unified School District for use in reading groups, classes, and other events. Other Book in Common partners include Enloe Medical Center, Lyon's Books, and Barnes & Noble.

The first Book in Common activities take place later this month, with a kick-off event Thursday, Sept. 18, at 6:30 pm in the Chico City Plaza. Mayor Andy Holcomb will read a proclamation from the City of Chico officially naming Three Cups of Tea as a common read for the city. Readings from the book will be presented by local actors Cynthia Lammel, Ben Allen, and Jeremy Votava. Students from Chico High will also participate.

A showing of the film Charlie Wilsonís War will be presented by the Associated Students Monday, Sept. 22, at 7 pm in the Performing Arts Center 144. On Sept. 23, there will be a presentation on Pakistan by CSU, Chico religious studies professor Mahan Mirza, a native of that country, at 5 pm in Holt Hall 170. At 4:30 pm on Sept. 23, the first meeting of campus and community members interested in forming reading groups will be held in the Bell Memorial Union Common Grounds coffee shop. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Events, speakers, and a wide range of activities are being hosted by all of the Book in Common partners, and the calendar will be expanded throughout the year. All Book in Common events are free and open to the public.

The Book in Common events will culminate in Mortenson's visit to CSU, Chico April 21 for a public talk in Laxson Auditorium. Tickets for the free talk have already "sold out."