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What is an All-Campus Read?

The idea of an all-campus read was born when educators began seeking new ways through which incoming first-year students could share a common bonding experience. With the primary goals of enriching the basic writing curriculum, encouraging conversation about issues reaching beyond the classroom, and exposing students to contemporary authors, all-campus reads have become common at colleges and universities across the nation.

To further enhance the experience, several campuses orchestrate an on-campus event featuring the author of the chosen book. Not only does this create buzz and raise interest, but it also provokes students to move the focus of the book from interpretation to discussion. Hearing from the author affords students the chance gain a deeper understanding of the book’s relevance by learning about what inspired the writing and by gaining firsthand insight into the subject matter.

Featured Speakers

Featured Speakers: All-Campus Reads

At APB, one of the areas in which our roster excels is that of the literary arts. Comprised of well-known, best-selling, award-winning authors and journalists, we boast the names behind compelling memoirs, fan favorite fiction, and thought-provoking poetry. From James McBrides’ The Color of Water, to Erin Gruwell’s The Freedom Writers Diary, several of our authors’ books are already established in curricula as “musts” for all-campus reads. Always on the cutting edge of riveting new writers, we also bring such fresh voices and pieces to the table as Chris Hedges’ War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning or Koren Zailckas’ Smashed: The Story of a Drunken Girlhood. Whether you have a name in mind, or you are looking for a change to your current titles, at APB we can offer suggestions that align with the objectives of your curriculum. Browse more authors for All-Campus Reads.

All-Campus Reads: The Color Of Water

James McBride

James McBride
New York Times Best-Selling Author & Musician

An award-winning jazz musician, McBride is the author of The New York Times bestseller, The Color of Water, a memoir that has become a modern classic. Spike Lee directed the film adaptation of McBride's book, Miracle at St. Anna, paying tribute to African American soldiers who fought in WWII.

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All-Campus Reads: Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell
Inspirational Educator & Author of The Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell helped students "written off" by the system harness the power of education to graduate high school. Her dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary.

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All-Campus Reads: War is a Force that Gives Us Meaning

Chris Hedges

Chris Hedges
Foreign Correspondent & Author

A graduate of Harvard Divinity School and a foreign correspondent for nearly two decades in Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and the Balkans, he writes and speaks extensively on war, religion and the conflict in the Middle East. He is the author of the bestseller War is a Force That Gives Us Meaning, a book that draws on the many conflicts he covered to explore what war does to societies and individuals. His most recent work is The World As It Is: Dispatches on the Myth of Human Progress.

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All-Campus Reads: Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood

Koren Zailckas

Koren Zailckas
Substance Abuse Advocate

Speaker Koren Zailckas authored Smashed, a riveting account of her alcohol abuse as a teen. She probes the national culture of addiction and recovery in her keynotes.

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