CSU, Chico News

Book in Common Kick-Off Event Is Sept. 24

Date: 09-18-2015

Sarah Langford
Public Affairs
Bill Loker, Dean
Undergraduate Studies

Other Events Planned in September

Several events are planned in September around the 2015-16 Book in Common, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, including a community kick-off event Thursday, Sept. 24, from 6 to 7 p.m. in the Chico City Plaza. The Book in Common is a joint project of California State University, Chico; Butte College; the City of Chico; and Butte County.

“Just Mercy” is a powerful and compelling account of Bryan Stevenson’s Equal Justice Initiative, a nonprofit organization that provides legal aid to death row prisoners. While Stevenson’s work is centered in Alabama, the issues raised by “Just Mercy” are relevant to California and across the nation.

The kick-off event includes presentations by gospel singers; student readers; university, college, city and county officials; and a guest speaker. The book will be available for purchase during the event at a Wildcat Store booth.

Other upcoming events include a campus kick-off on Thursday, Sept. 17, from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. in Trinity Commons and a talk by CSU, Chico English lecturer Nathaniel Heggins Bryant on Friday, Sept. 25, from 3 to 4 p.m. in Langdon 300.

The Book in Common is a shared community read aimed at promoting 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.

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. Stevenson will give a talk on campus April 19, 2016; more information and tickets are available through Chico Performances.

“Bryan Stevenson is the most prominent and promising Book in Common author we have ever invited to Chico State,” said Dean of Undergraduate Education and Book in Common Chair Bill Loker. “The book is the most powerful non-fiction book we have ever chosen.”

Past community reads include “The Distance Between Us” by Reyna Grande, “The Yellow Birds” by Kevin Powers, “The Soloist” by Steve Lopez, “Zeitoun” by Dave Eggers and “Unquenchable” by Robert Glennon.

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

People who require an accommodation in order to participate in any of these events or who have questions about accessibility should contact the Accessibility Resource Center at 530-898-5959.