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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 preselected books, engage in discussions with the authors, and take part in service projects that address contemporary social issues raised by the books.

Sacramento State is entering its second year of the One Book Program. The 2009 - 2010 One Book selection is Julie Otsuka's novel When the Emperor Was Divine. All incoming fall 2009 first year students will receive a complimentary copy of When the Emperor Was Divine during New Student Orientation. Discounted copies for all members of the campus community and public are available now for purchase through the Hornet Bookstore, courtesy of University Enterprises, Inc.

Supported By: Community Engagement Center, English Department, California Lectures