UCSB Reads 2021 Sneak Peek

The UCSB Reads Committee has announced its shortlist of titles under consideration for UCSB Reads 2021. This year, in recognition of the extraordinary and necessary attention to race in this country, all the titles grapple with race. The list includes memoirs, a novel, a book of poetry, and for the first time ever, a podcast.

Watch Now: Sea Level Rise and our Local Marshlands

In lieu of planned tours of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh and the Coal Oil Point Reserve, Dr. Andrew Brooks, Director of the Carpinteria Salt Marsh, UC Natural Reserve System, and Charles Lester, Director of the Ocean & Coastal Policy Center at the Marine Science Institute, provide insight on how sea level rise will affect these local habitats via a video talk in conjunction with UCSB Reads 2020.   

UCSB Reads 2020 Sneak Peek!

This summer, read along with the UCSB Reads Committee as they work to select the UCSB Reads 2020 book. 
The UCSB Reads Committee has announced the five titles that make up the short list for 2020 consideration. The selections are (in no particular order):
1. "The Fifth Season" by N.K. Jemisin
2. "The Overstory: A Novel" by Richard Powers
3. "Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore" by Elizabeth Rush
4. "The Great Derangement: Climate Change and the Unthinkable" by Amitav Ghosh 

Girl, Illustrated. Thi Bui, artist behind 2019 UCSB Reads Pick, comes to campus.

What Thi Bui first set out to do was to turn a graduate school oral history project into something more accessible outside academia. Safe to say: she succeeded wildly.

That oral history became the basis for “The Best We Could Do,” Bui’s illustrated memoir documenting her family’s escape from Vietnam in the 1970s and the difficulties they faced building new lives in America. It received widespread critical and popular acclaim, winning a 2018 American Book Award, named a finalist for 2017 National Book Critics Circle and Eisner awards and landing on a host of “Best Of” lists.


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