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Community Book ReadThe Lakeland University Community Book Read is an opportunity for the greater community to come together with Lakeland students, faculty and staff and discuss good books and powerful stories.

Each year, after a book is selected by a cross-section of faculty and staff, we invite the entire community to read and discuss the book with us.

In the spring, we welcome the author of the book to Lakeland's campus for workshops with our students, as well as a book discussion with the community.

The Community Book Read is generously supported by the Kohler Foundation, Inc. and the Zieve Foundation.

Our next event:

Tara Westover

IMPORTANT ANNOUNCEMENT: Author Tara Westover needs to reschedule her visit to Lakeland to discuss her memoir, “Educated.” As a result, we are postponing the Lakeland Community Book Read scheduled for April 9, 2019. We will share a new date for her appearance at Lakeland as soon as one is available. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For our sixth annual event, we are reading "Educated: A Memoir" by Tara Westover.

One of the hottest books of 2018, "Educated" shares Tara's journey from a young girl who, kept out of school, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University.

Cover of EducatedAccolades from this amazing story include: New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018, named by Amazon as the No. 1 book of the first half of 2018, #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe bestseller, President Barack Obama's 2018 summer reading, #1 Libraryreads Favorite of Favorites pick, One of O: the Oprah magazine's 15 favorite books of 2018, one of Time's 10 best nonfiction books of 2018, one of Publishers Weekly's 10 best books of the year, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Accolades from this amazing story include: New York Times Book Review 10 Best Books of 2018, named by Amazon as the No. 1 book of the first half of 2018, #1 New York Times, Wall Street Journal and Boston Globe bestseller, President Barack Obama's 2018 summer reading, #1 Libraryreads Favorite of Favorites pick, One of O: the Oprah magazine's 15 favorite books of 2018, one of Time's 10 best nonfiction books of 2018, one of Publishers Weekly's 10 best books of the year, longlisted for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence.

Previous events

Jelani Cobb

Jelani Cobb: "Between the World and Me" by Ta-Nehisi Coates
Our keynote speaker was Jelani Cobb
The Half-Life of Freedom: Race and Justice in America Today

Jelani Cobb, the Ira A. Lipman Professor of Journalism at Columbia Journalism School and a staff writer at The New Yorker, is the author of "The Substance of Hope: Barack Obama and the Paradox of Progress" as well as "To the Break of Dawn: A Freestyle on the Hip Hop Aesthetic." His articles and essays have appeared in the Washington Post, The New Republic, Essence, Vibe, The Progressive and TheRoot.com.

"Between the World and Me"

Hailed by Toni Morrison as "required reading," a bold and personal literary exploration of America's racial history by "the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States" (The New York Observer)

The 2015 National Book Award winner is a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son. Author Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation's history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of "race," a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden? Read more.

Lauren Groff

2017: Lauren Groff - "Fates and Furies"

Lauren Groff, author of "Fates and Furies," a finalist for the National Book Award, and Amazon's #1 Best Book of the Year in 2015, was the centerpiece of Lakeland's fourth annual Community Book Read.

Groff spent the morning with students, as well as faculty and staff, for a Q&A, then spoke to a full house in the Bradley Theatre that evening. Groff talked about her books, which include "The Monsters of Templeton," "Arcadia" and the celebrated short-story collection "Delicate Edible Birds," her writing process and answered specific questions from the audience members about her novel and short stories. Read more.

swamplandia2016: Karen Russell - "Swamplandia"

Karen Russell, author of the Pulitzer Prize-nominated fictional novel "Swamplandia!", was the centerpiece of Lakeland College's third annual Community Book Read.

Russell met with students from Lakeland, Elkhart Lake/Glenbulah High School, and IDEAS Academy, as well as faculty and staff, for a Q&A earlier in the day on April 12, and spoke to a full house in the Bradley Theatre that evening. Russell talked about her writing process as well answered specific questions from the audience members about her novel and short stories. Read more.

2015: Ishmael Beah - "A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier"
"A Long Way Gone" was a No. 1 National Bestseller and was named one of the Top 10 Nonfiction Books of 2007 by Time Magazine. Read more.

2014: Chad Harbach - "The Art of Fielding"
"The Art of Fielding," Harbach's debut novel, was named one of the New York Times' 10 Best Books of 2011 and was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book Award in 2012. Read more.

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