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One Book Program

  • 2016-2017 One Book

    Two kids with the same name lived in the same decaying city. One went on to be a Rhodes Scholar, decorated combat veteran, White House Fellow, and business leader. The other is serving a life sentence in prison. Here is the story of two boys and the journey of a generation. Through alternating narratives that take readers from heart-wrenching losses to moments of surprising redemption, The Other Wes Moore (2010, Random House) tells the story of a generation of boys trying to find their way in a hostile world.

    Other Wes Moore Book Cover
  • Herky Reads the One Book

    Herky read last year's One Book! Pick up your copy of this year's One Book, The Other Wes Moore, at the Hornet Bookstore!

    Herky Hornet reads the Weed Land
  • 2016-2017 One Book Author

    Wes Moore is a youth advo­cate, Army com­bat vet­eran, social entre­pre­neur, and host of Beyond Belief on the Oprah Win­frey Net­work. His first book The Other Wes Moore became an instant New York Times and Wall Street Jour­nal bestseller.

    Wes is com­mit­ted to help­ing the par­ents, teach­ers, men­tors, and advo­cates who serve our nations youth. A por­tion of all book pro­ceeds for “The Other Wes Moore” are being donated to City Year and the US Dream Academy.

    Wes Moore Headshot
  • 2016-2017 One Book Fall Lecture Series: "Race, Democracy, Justice, and Love"

    Join the One Book Program in the University Ballroom for Dr. Cornel West's visit on Thursday, September 29th at 7:30pm. Dr. West's visit is the first sponsered event in the One Book Program's Fall Lecture Series. For more information click here.

    Dr. Cornel West Flyer
  • 2016-2017 One Book Fall Lecture Series: "Great Expectations: A Call To Do More"

    Join the One Book Program in the University Art Gallery on Thursday, October 13th at Noon for Dr. Chevelle Newsome's special lecture. In her lecture, Dr. Chevelle Newsome, Dean of Graduate Studies and Interim Dean of Undergraduate Studies a Sac State, discusses navigating the benefits, frustrations, and contradictions of enjoying class privileges while struggling with racial and gender discrimination. 

    Dean Chevelle Newsome
  • Intern with One Book

    Are you interested in becoming a One Book Intern? The One Book Program Publicity and Events Interns assist with marketing, communications, public relations, community outreach, research projects, data entry, and related tasks as needed. Contact us as for more information!

    One Book Interns with One Book Author

About the One Book Program

The Sacramento State University One Book Program selects a book each year to bring together the Sac State community and the Sacramento region. The Program offers many exciting events through the academic year.

The One Book Program selects a book that will serve as a catalyst for considered conversations focusing on issues of social justice. The books we choose books tend to just push along the edges, so while people may start conversations with feelings about the book or topic, they soon move into thoughtful, intellectual engagement with one another.

Be sure to check here or on the Campus Calendar regularly as new events and activities are added regularly!

University and community One Book programs have been established nationwide to promote literacy and to engage all members of a given community in a lively, intellectual conversation based on their shared reading experience. In this way, students, staff, faculty and alumni will share a common University experience: the One Book. In January 2008, Wells Fargo generously donated funds to establish a One Book Program at Sacramento State. The One Book Program is a campus-wide initiative encompassing all disciplines, all class levels, and all members of the campus community. Bridging literacy and community service, participants read pre-selected books, engage in discussions with the authors, and take part in service projects that address contemporary social issues raised by the books.

One Book Selection Process

The One Book Selection Committee is comprised of faculty, staff, students, and community representatives. Every year the Committee members collectively read and explore scores of books in order to start narrowing down the selection for the year. There are several meetings throughout the year to discuss and debate which book best suits the needs of the Program and the campus community for topical relevance, intellectual stimulation, and audience appeal.

The Committee bases its decision on the following criteria:

•   Accessibility and appeal to all community members

•   Quality of writing

•   Encourages interdisciplinary thought and sparks passionate discussion in a variety of courses and contexts

•   Explores diverse cultural perspectives

•   Provides challenging opportunities for new learning and exploration

•   Addresses contemporary issues

Suggest A Book!

If you'd like to make a suggestion for a future One Book selection to the Committee, please email us at and include your suggestion, possible programming ideas for events and activities, your contact information, and if you have any connection to the author.

All suggestions must be made by September 1 for consideration for the following year. Any suggestions that come in after the September 1 deadline will be considered for subsequent years.

Sponsors, Supporters, & Partners

Sacramento State's One Book Program is made possible by the generous donations of time and resources from the Sac State University campus, the larger Sacramento region, and beyond!

Sacramento State University's One Book Program relies upon the generosity of our sponsors and partners. We are continuing to forge new sponsorships and partnerships.

For more information about individual or corporate giving, please contact us at You may also make a gift here; be sure to select One Book Program on the drop-down menu.