Do you know of a great book that could create community and conversation on campus through the Western Reads program? If so, the Western Reads Book Selection Committee invites you to submit your idea for the next Western Reads book. The Book Selection Committee is made up of faculty, staff, and students who review the nominations for the year and select the new book. If you are interested in participating in this process, please contact Molly Ware at Molly.Ware@wwu.edu.
Criteria for Book Selection
- Intellectually stimulating; raises multi-disciplinary issues through a variety of perspectives and forms of inquiry provided by the disciplines and the diverse students, faculty, staff, and administrators that make up the Western experience; encourages students to think outside the box or to think about issues they might not have considered before.
- Enjoyable, engaging, and reasonable in length.
- Reading that will provoke discussion, take risks, and matter.
- Reading that addresses a theme or topic that is applicable to a wide range of students.
- Likelihood that students will not have read the book in high school.
- Conventional books welcomed but also books that are inventive in form, genre, and/or layout or that represent experimental work or material innovation.
- Relevance to the first-year and transitions students, the institutional mission, campus initiatives, the local community, and/or contemporary culture.
- Possibilities for additional programming, such as an author visit, guest speakers, faculty and community member panels, etc.