Go Big Read seeking book suggestions

November 14, 2018 By Käri Knutson

Read any good books lately? Go Big Read would like to know.

UW-Madison’s common reading program is seeking submissions for the 2019-20 year. Title suggestions will be accepted through Dec. 10 and can be made online.

Bucky Badger and Chancellor Rebecca Blank helped volunteers distribute copies of “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” following the Chancellor’s Convocation in September. The book, by Dan Egan, is the 2018-19 selection for Go Big Read. Photo: Jeff Miller

Once again, the theme for Go Big Read is “contemporary issues” — topics such as technology, climate change, health care, or any other issue that’s spurring conversation.

Books can be fiction or nonfiction. The ideal selection should have the following qualities:

  • Be readable, relevant, engaging and well written.
  • Appeal to people with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
  • Encompass sufficient depth and scope to generate discussions from different points of view.
  • Be conducive to teaching and learning, and offer opportunities for integration into academic programs.
  • Lend itself to a variety of activities and programming.

The ideal book might also have a subject or author with a Wisconsin connection, an author who may be able to visit campus, cross-disciplinary appeal, and promote the Wisconsin Experience by engaging “issues that matter.”

After the submission period ends, a review committee will spend a month reading and discussing the suggested books before making recommendations to Chancellor Rebecca Blank, who will make the final selection.

Last year’s pick was “The Death and Life of the Great Lakes” by Dan Egan.

Previous Go Big Read books include “Hillbilly Elegy” by J.D. Vance, “Evicted” by Matthew Desmond, “Just Mercy” by Bryan Stevenson, “I Am Malala” by Malala Yousafzai and “A Tale for the Time Being” by Ruth Ozeki.

The Go Big Read Program is sponsored by the Office of the Chancellor.