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.
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!
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
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 email@example.com 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.