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K-State Book Network (KSBN)


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.

Nomination Process

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.

Selection Timeline
Spring 2019Select a theme
Form a committee
Solicit book nominations
Summer 2019Review book samples and narrow to 12 
Fall 2019Read books and narrow to 3
Solicit campus feedback the top 3 books
Rank titles and get feedback from the Provost
Spring 2020Announce 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