KSBN’s purpose is to help guide the transition from high school to college by giving students a common experience around a book and guided academic and social activities that can be shared with professors, staff, administrators, and other students when they arrive on campus.
Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020-21 common book. We are looking for books that meet our criteria and fit the theme of “STEM Stories" - books that share the untold stories and underrepresented people in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM).
The nomination form will close June 28, 2019.
All nominations will be posted on this page a few days after they are submitted. See nominations from the past years at the Past Nominations page.
How we pick books
The selection committee, made up of students, staff, and faculty, reviews nominations and narrows down the list of titles to one. Their work officially begins in the summer and ends in November.
|Spring 2019||Select a theme|
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
|Summer 2019||Review book samples and narrow to 12|
|Fall 2019||Read books and narrow to 3|
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
|Spring 2020||Announce the book|
Nominated for the 2020-21 academic year
The Three Body Problem - Cixin Liu
An Abundance of Katherines - John Green
The Housekeeper and the Professor - Yoko Ogawa
Lab Girl - Hope Jahren