The 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 has been generously supported by the Kohler Foundation, Inc.
Our next event is:
Lauren Groff - Fates and Furies
2016: Karen Russell
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.