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What is a Common Reading?

A common reading is one way to create community connections among students, and between students and their professors, WSU and others. Topics in a selected book are examined throughout the year by members of the university community. They spark discussions and intellectual conversations in and beyond course spaces, highlight WSU research and the diversity of ideas across disciplines, and introduce different ways to explore complex issues from a variety of perspectives.

2021-22 Selection

The Washington State University Common Reading Program has announced the 2021-22 book to be used by first-year and other students in classes and beyond is Tales of Two Americas: Stories of Inequality in Divided Nation, edited by John Freeman and published in 2017 by Penguin Random House Books. 

What’s it about?

It is an anthology which features non-fiction essays, short stories, and poems about class, socioeconomic, and racial inequalities across many regions of the U.S., including the Pacific Northwest cities of Boise, Portland, and Seattle. The 36 authors represent a spectrum ranging from the well-known to the emerging.

Upcoming Common Reading events such as author talks, faculty research, book clubs and contests are posted throughout the year on the Global Connection’s events page.

Learn more about the WSU Common Reading program and book selections from previous years.