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Common Reading Program Division of Academic Engagement and Student Achievement

Resources for Working with Born a Crime

Be sure to also check the Common Reading calendar page for the latest updates on scheduled speakers and events that are offered to students outside of classes. Any questions or suggestions should be directed to Karen Weathermon, director of the Common Reading Program, at

Book cover for the 2020-21 Common Reading "Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood," by Trevor Noah.

Resources from WSU

  • WSU Library Guide to Born a Crime: Provides an introduction to the book along with several resources to help readers engage with and further explore its content and ideas.
  • WSU Library Guide on Anti-Racist Resources: Presents some starting points and resources for learning about and engaging in anti-racism. Includes resource lists from black scholars, journalists, and activists as well as allies.

Resources from the Publisher

The following guides to Born a Crime have been provided by the book’s publisher, Penguin Random House.

Resources from Trevor Noah

Websites with Information on South Africa