This year’s Book in Common is the account of a plane crash in 1948 that claimed the lives of 28 Mexican farmworkers who were being deported by the US government. The documentary novel is by poet and performer Tim Z. Hernandez.
The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community. It is chosen each year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members.
Past community reads include The Yellow Birds, by Kevin Powers, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba, Unquenchable by Robert Glennon, The Distance Between Us, by Reyna Grande, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson, My Life on the Road, by Gloria Steinem, and last year's Book in Common, A Deadly Wandering, by Matt Richtel. As in past years, Butte College, Chico State, the City and County have sponsored a variety of events: panel discussions, lectures, and other public events, in celebration of the Book in Common.