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K-State Today

April 13, 2016



K-State Book Network 2016 book selected, author to visit in October

By Karin Westman

Spare Parts by Joshua Davis

The K-State Book Network, or KSBN, announces the book selection for 2016: "Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream" by Joshua Davis.

Davis' book tells the story of four young men who proved they were among the most patriotic and talented Americans in this country — even as the country tried to kick them out.

"First-year students will be engaging with themes related to academic competitions, education, and underdogs," explained Tara Coleman, chair of KSBN and associate professor, K-State Libraries. "We believe every major, from engineering to English, will find something to connect with in the book."

The 2016 selection emerged as the favorite following campuswide conversations and review by the KSBN selection committee, comprised of 42 faculty, students and staff from 18 colleges and units.

"We're looking forward to another great semester of campus and communitywide programming," said Karin Westman, chair of the KSBN PR/Events Committee and department head of English.

"Events will include a public lecture by Josh Davis at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 6, in McCain Auditorium, as well as a public lecture series by members of the K-State community," announced Westman.

Visit the KSBN table at open house on Saturday, April 16, for more information about "Spare Parts" and other K-State First programs.

More information about the K-State Book Network, the 2016 book selection and resources for its inclusion in fall activities and classrooms is available at the KSBN website.

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