UCSB Library and the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor are pleased to announce the selection of the 2023 UCSB Reads book, Happy City: Transforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery.

UCSB Reads is an award-winning campus-wide and community-wide “one book” program. The selection committee includes UCSB faculty, staff, students, and community partners who 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 UCSB curriculum. UCSB Reads is presented by the University Library, the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor and additional campus and community partners. 

If you are interested in sponsoring the UCSB Reads program, contact Heather Silva, Senior Director of Development at (805) 893-5732 or heathersilva@ucsb.edu.

For more information about UCSB Reads, or to participate in campus or community programming, contact Alex Regan, Events and Exhibitions Librarian, at aregan@ucsb.edu or write to ucsbreads@library.ucsb.edu

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UCSB Reads Books:

2023: Happy City: Tranforming Our Lives Through Urban Design by Charles Montgomery
2022: Exhalation: Stories by Ted Chiang
2021: When They Call You a Terrorist: A Black Lives Matter Memoir by Patrisse Cullors and asha bandele
2020: Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore by Elizabeth Rush
2019: The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
2018: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren
2017: Into the Beautiful North by Luis Alberto Urrea
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

UCSB Reads 2022 Advisory Committee:

Lupita  Barragan Community Member, UCSB Alum
Ingrid Bowman Faculty, Linguistics
Somayeh Dodge Faculty, Geography
Brian  Donnelly Faculty, English
Jessica Dubrovner UCSB Undergraduate Student
Kaaronica Evans-Ware UCSB Graduate Student
Margaret Fisher UCSB Graduate Student
David  Gartrell UCSB Librarian
Allison Gray Director, Goleta Valley Public Library
Michelle Grue Faculty, College of Creative Studies and Writing Program
Tomoyuki Ichiba Faculty, Statistics & Applied Probability
Derek Katz Faculty, Music
Erin Khue Ninh Faculty, Asian American Studies
Rebecca Metzger UCSB Library
Erin  Nerstad Associate Director, Interdisciplinary Humanities Center
Sharleen O'Brien Director, Health & Wellness
Caitlin O'Hara Director of Public Lectures & Special Initiatives
Behrooz Parhami Faculty, Electrical and Computer Engineering
Kathy Patterson Faculty, Writing Program
Andrew  Plantinga Faculty, Bren School
Alex Regan UCSB Library