CSU, Chico News

Book in Common for Academic Year 2011-12 Announced

Date: 02-21-2011

Lisa DeLaby, Butte College Public Relations
Joe Wills, CSU, Chico Public Affairs

California State University, Chico President Paul Zingg and Butte College President Diana Van Der Ploeg have jointly announced that the Book in Common for Academic Year 2011-12 will be “Zeitoun,” by Dave Eggers.

“We are pleased to join together to make this announcement,” said Zingg.

The Book in Common is chosen each year by a group of faculty from the two schools, community members and university staff. Past community reads selected by the committee include “Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson, “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez and the current Book in Common, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” by William Kamkwamba.

“Since the Book in Common became a joint project of our campuses, the city of Chico and county of Butte,” said Van Der Ploeg, “we have been gratified at the community’s enthusiasm for the idea of a common reading experience.”

“Zeitoun” is a nonfiction account that traces the intersection of two of America’s defining moments in the 21st century: the 9/11 terrorist attacks and their aftermath and Hurricane Katrina. Through a powerful and beautifully written narrative, acclaimed author Dave Eggers takes readers behind the scenes of the flood and devastation of New Orleans to a little known world of counter-terrorism and extra-judicial imprisonment.

“This book fits well with our University’s emphasis on civility and respect for difference,” said Zingg. CSU, Chico sent several teams of students, faculty and staff to New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina to help with rebuilding efforts there, which has left enduring ties between the two cities.

“We hope that this book will encourage discussion of how the American people respond to all kinds of disasters, both natural and human-caused, and stimulate lively and meaningful conversations and discussions on issues that remain important for people across our campuses and the broader community,” said Van Der Ploeg.

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 the University to fulfill its mission of an enhanced sense of community and civic engagement – with issues and with one another,” said Zingg.

In the past, Butte College, CSU, Chico, the city and county have sponsored a variety of panel discussions, lectures and other public events in celebration of the Book in Common. Author visits are also part of the Book in Common program. The author of “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” William Kamkwamba, will give a public talk on April 14 in Laxson Auditorium. For more information on the Book in Common, go to www.csuchico.edu/bic.

Current and Previous Books in Common:

2010-2011, “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind” by William Kamkwamba
2009-2010, “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez
2008-2009, “Three Cups of Tea” by Greg Mortenson
2007-2008, “Mountains Beyond Mountains” by Tracy Kidder
2006-2007, “Never Let Me Go” by Kazuo Ishiguro
2005-2006, “True Notebooks” by Mark Salzman
2004-2005, “Plan B” by Lester Brown
2003-2004, “The American Soul” by Joseph Needleman
2002-2003, “Fast Food Nation” by Eric Schlosser
2001-2002, “The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down” by Anne Fadiman
2000-2001, “The Moon by Whalelight” by Diane Ackerman