UCSB Reads 2025 Sneak Peek book covers collage

The UCSB Library is pleased to announce its shortlist of titles under consideration for UCSB Reads 2025. The four nonfiction titles and one fiction title explore diverse cultural, social and scientific subjects that can ignite discourse and thoughtful discussion inside and outside of the classroom.

UCSB Reads is an award-winning campus-wide and community-wide “one book” program led by UCSB Library. An advisory committee composed of UCSB faculty, staff, students, and community partners help the Library 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 final pick will be announced in the fall.

The shortlist selections are (in alphabetical order):

The shortlisted titles are available for loan in multiple formats at UCSB Library, Santa Barbara Public Library and Goleta Valley Public Library.

To share your input with the committee, vote for your top UCSB Reads 2025 pick here by August 19. One survey participant selected at random will receive a free copy of the selected book.

Going into its 19th year, the UCSB Reads program will kick off at the beginning of Winter 2025 with a book giveaway for students and culminate in a public lecture with the author in Spring 2025. A variety of free events will be held along the way.