Virtual Conversation with Common Read Author is Oct. 20
October 06, 2020
MOSCOW, Idaho — Oct. 6, 2020 — The community is invited to a virtual conversation hosted by the University of Idaho featuring the author of the book selected as the Common Read for 2020-21.
The conversation with Cristina Henriquez, author of “The Book of Unknown Americans,” will be 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20. Register for the meeting, view the livestream on U of I Live and submit questions in advance at uidaho.edu/academics/general-education/common-read/2020-community-talk.
The Common Read committee, in its 13th year, includes students, faculty and community members. It is designed to engage the university and Moscow community in a unified intellectual activity.
“The Book of Unknown Americans” is a love story between between a Panamanian boy and a Mexican girl seeking community and citizenship. It was a New York Times Notable Book of 2014 and one of Amazon’s Top 10 Books of the Year. It was the Daily Beast Novel of the Year, a Washington Post Notable Book, an NPR Great Read, a Target Book of the Month selection and was named one of the best books of the year by BookPage, Oprah.com and School Library Journal.
First-year U of I students are assigned to read the book as part of their first-year studies courses and in English 101 and 102, which is all part of the General Educationprogram.
The Common Read is partially supported by the Judith Runstad Lecture Series, which annually helps sponsor a conversation with the book’s author or someone closely associated with the book.
Copies of “The Book of Unknown Americans” are available through the VandalStore and BookPeople of Moscow.
Director, General Education
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