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Information about the UCSB Reads program from 2007 to the present

About UCSB Reads

UCSB Reads is an award-winning campus-wide and community-wide “one book” program started by the UCSB Library and Executive Vice Chancellor Gene Lucas in 2007. Each year, a committee of faculty, staff, students, and community partners convene to select an intellectually stimulating, interdisciplinary book by a living author that appeals to a wide range of readers and can be incorporated into the UCSB curriculum.

The program kicks off on at the start of the winter quarter with the Chancellor, Executive Vice Chancellor, and University Librarian distributing free books to UCSB students in the Library. A variety of UCSB Reads events (book clubs, film screenings, exhibitions, and faculty panel discussions) exploring the book and its themes are held on the UCSB campus. The program culminates in a live appearance by the author. Events are generally free and open to the public.

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Book Give-away

Chancellor Henry Yang

Chancellor Henry Yang distributes copies of the UCSB Reads book to students in the Library.

Previous UCSB Reads Books

UCSB Reads - All Years

2024: Your Brain On Art: How the Arts Transform Us by Susan Magsamen and Ivy Ross

2023: Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery

2022: Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang

2021: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors & asha bandele

2020: Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush

2019: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui

2018Lab Girl by Hope Jahren

2017Into the Beautiful North by Luis Urrea

2016: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

2015: Orange Is the New Black by Piper Kerman

2014: The Big Burn by Timothy Egan

2013: Moonwalking With Einstein by Joshua Foer

2012: Moby Duck by Donovan Hohn

2011: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2010: Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario

2009: Ethics for the New Millennium by Dalai Lama

2008: The Travels of a T-shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli

2007: Field Notes from a Catastrophe by Elizabeth Kolbert

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