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Book Nominations

Nominations for the next Common Reading book: Open through Nov. 2, 2018.
Submit* your book nomination using our online form.


Members of the Common Reading Program Selection Committee are:

  • Robin Bond, Honors College
  • Brandon Brackett, Residence Life
  • Brandon Buckingham, WSU Everett
  • Tamara Crooks, Student Involvement and Leadership
  • Andria Donnenwerth, Global Campus
  • Erica English, Libraries
  • Ken Faunce, Roots of Contemporary Issues
  • Bailey Fillinger, ASWSU
  • Sam Lohmann, WSU Vancouver
  • Kate McAteer, WSU Tri-Cities
  • James Mohr, WSU Spokane
  • Chuck Munson, Carson College of Business
  • Susan Poch, Office of Undergraduate Education and Transfer Clearinghouse
  • Ruth Ryan, Academic Success and Career Center
  • Ellen Taylor, Student Affairs
  • Amanda Tomchick, Student
  • Karen Weathermon, First-Year Programs
  • Cindy Williams, UNIV 104 Freshman Seminar, First-Year Programs
  • Representative, College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Science


The theme for common reading books used in 2019-20 and 2020-21 is “global stability, scarcity, and security.”  Every book nominated must align with this theme. All nominations will be posted on this site within a few days of receipt.

Everyone is encouraged to consider submitting the name of a good book that fits the theme and reasons why it would be the best choice for freshmen and others to read and use in classes and beyond.  By providing the Selection Committee with some basic information, as well as your reasons for nominating this book, you will have made a huge impact on thousands of WSU students across many campuses.


*If you cannot access the online form to submit your nominations, please provide the following information and send it to by Nov. 2:

  • Book title, author
  • Number of pages, year of publication, publisher
  • List price
  • Available in paperback? Available for digital download?
  • What makes the book memorable and worthy of campus engagement?
  • What potential connections might this book provide to a broad range of disciplines?
  • How could this book promote intellectual and community engagement through campus events that exist or could be planned?
  • Does the book connect to or highlight existing university research or activity?
  • How realistic a read is this book for incoming freshmen?
  • What would you hope students take away from reading this book?
  • Your name, relationship to WSU (faculty, staff, student, alum, friend/supporter, unaffiliated), and email.

Nominated for use in the 2019-20 academic year are:

(Anticipating first nomination)