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.

In 2017, we are reading Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea. Learn more about UCSB Reads 2017.

UCSB Reads is presented by the University Library, the Office of the Executive Vice ChancellorArts & LecturesAssociated Students, and additional campus and community partners. If you are interested in finding out more about sponsoring the Reads program, contact Library Development Director Toni Arellanes-Miller at (805) 893-5732 or toni [dot] miller [at] ucsb [dot] edu.

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For more information about UCSB Reads or to suggest books for future years, contact UCSBReads [at] library [dot] ucsb [dot] edu.

UCSB Reads Books:

2016: Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption by Bryan Stevenson
2015: Orange Is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
2014: The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan
2013: Moonwalking With Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
2012: Moby Duck: The True Story of 28,000 Bath Toys Lost at Sea, and of the Beachcombers, Oceanographers, Environmentalists, and Fools--Including the Author--Who Went in Search of Them 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

Photos from UCSB Reads 2016

Bryan Stevenson and students
Author Bryan Stevenson spoke with 40 UCSB student activists and leaders in the MultiCultural Center during his campus visit on April 18, 2016.
University Librarian Denise Stephens and Bryan Stevenson
University Librarian Denise Stephens with author Bryan Stevenson at dinner preceding Stevenson's talk
Chancellor Yang distributing free books in the Library
Chancellor Henry Yang distributed free copies of the UCSB Reads 2016 book, "Just Mercy: A Story of Justice & Redemption" to UCSB students in the Library.