I am blown away by the amount of schools using WEARING in their common reader programs this year.
In case you are wondering what a common reading program is: They are typically directed at freshmen. Every freshmen gets a copy of the book and participates in discussion sessions about the book in the Fall. Normally they invite the author to speak as well.
From 2008-2011 eights schools have used WEARING as a common reader. This year the following schools are using it (I’ve noted when I’m visiting the campus):
Ball State University – 9/18/12
Texas State – 9/26, 9/27
Winthrop University – 10/3, 10/4
Cedar Crest College – 10/11, 10/12
Georgia Highlands College – ?
Also, the community of Rome, Georgia, is reading WEARING this summer. I visit Rome on 10/9.
I am honored to share the stories of the workers I met on my trip with all of the above and how meeting them changed me forever.
I can’t wait to visit the schools and Rome. I love speaking to an audience even if they haven’t read my book (which I’ll be doing at Georgetown College, Rutgers, and Lindenwood University this fall), but there’s something really special about standing in front of a few hundred to a few thousand folks who’ve spent hours traveling with me page-by-page.
Most of my events are open to the public. If I’m in your area, please come and laugh at my jokes. And of course, if I’m not in your area and you would like me to visit your university or group, you could always invite me to speak.