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DEADLINE for book nominations for next common reading

November 2, 2018 @ 12:01 am - 11:59 pm

The Common Reading Program announces that nominations for the 2019-20 book WILL CLOSE THIS EVENING. An online form is at

“The next book will be the thirteenth in as many years,” said Susan Poch, co-director of the program with Karen Weathermon since 2007. “Thousands of WSU students have gone through the program since it began, and benefitted from classroom discussions and faculty- and guest-expert lectures based on topics raised in each book.

“The common reading helps first-year and other students experience new ideas and create new and academically focused networks with professors and other students. The program is carefully designed to stimulate critical thinking and strengthen forms of communication around a single book.”

Nomination requirements

Faculty and staff nominating books must provide a moderate amount of information. How does the book fit the theme, apply to a broad range of disciplines, and connect readers to, for example, existing university research, civic engagement areas, and global initiatives? How many pages does the book have, is it available in paperback, and is it a realistic read for freshmen? Additional questions are posed in the online form.

For anyone unable to access the online form, the questions are listed on the nominations webpage; view those questions and submit your answers by email to,


November 2, 2018
12:01 am - 11:59 pm


WSU Common Reading Program