1. K-State home
  2. »K-State First
  3. »K-State Book Network
  4. »K-State Book Network
  5. »Events

K-State Book Network (KSBN)


KSBN will host a series of events focused on the book. Students will have opportunities to discuss the book inside and outside classes, to participate in a campus wide service learning activity, and to attend lectures and programs designed to stimulate thinking about the book's numerous important social issues.





2013 Book Launch

Location: K-State Student Union

8/26/2013 Play Along

Ernest Cline, author visit

Ernest Cline will speak to K-State students about his book, Ready Player One. There will be a book signing after the event.

The event is free, but tickets are required. Tickets will be available September 30th at the McCain Auditorium box office and the Manhattan Public Library.

Students enrolled in a K-State First class should talk to their professor before picking up a ticket.


New York Times in the Classroom Speaker: Justin Gillis

Award-winning New York Times reporter Justin Gillis will visit Kansas State for a public lecture titled "2044: What Will It Really Be Like?" 

Gillis's lecture is the third event sponsored by the K-State Book Network in conjunction with the 2013 selection, Ernest Cline's "Ready Player One." Cline's novel takes place in the years 2044 and 2045, providing an opportunity to consider what our world might be like at mid-century.

Community Events

Below are community sponsored events connected to KSBN's common book Ready Player One. If you are interested in listing an event on this page, please email ksbn@k-state.edu.





Choose Your Own Library Adventure

Choose Your Own Library Adventure!  Using Ready Player One as the guiding narrative, learn more about our services, materials, and resources! FREE food, prizes and fun included!

Location: Hale Library





Serious Play: Six Short Films on the Importance of Games

A series of TED lecture and animated shorts exploring the deeper meaning behind gaming and why we love games, and the impact they have on our lives.

Themes include gamification, what it means to be a gamer, freedom of speech, and how games enrich our lives.

Location: Coffman Commons (Hale Library) 


Ready Player One Movie Series 

Location: Manhattan Public Library





Girls Had Game: Locating the History of Women's Play We Forgot to Remember

Laine Nooney (Kansas State University, MA '06) is completing her Ph.D. in Cultural Analysis and Theory at Stony Brook University, focusing on the media archaeology and cultural history of 19th and 20th century U.S. media and technology, specifically computers, video games, and domestic machines and spaces.

Location: Leadership Studies Building




Video Game Programming Workshop

Hear a brief presentation by K-State professor, Dr. Nathan Bean, on the history of video games and potential careers in gaming. Then, learn how to use Scratch to create your own basic video games and animations.

Location: Manhattan Public Library



War Games

Location: Forum Hall



Ready Player One Movie Series

Location: Manhattan Public Library



Ready Player One Movie Series 

Location: Manhattan Public Library


Ready Player One Movie Series 

Location: Manhattan Public Library





Ready Player One Interactive

A movement and music event inspired by the book. Come and learn how the elements of play and chance area used to develop music and movement. See a one-of-a-kind performance created from these concepts. Original music and movement performed by students from K-State School of Music, Theatre, & Dance.

Location: Forum Hall

Ready Player One book cover