Including an author in the common read experience

One of the coolest experiences I get to have as a storyteller is when one of my books gets used as a common reader in a community or as part of a first year experience on a campus.

When I started to get invites to common reading programs, I couldn’t believe it:

“You want me to visit with and speak to a few hundred or a few thousand folks who’ve read my book?”

That’s like the best day of an author’s life, right?

I enjoy diving deeper into a discussion with folks who’ve read my work, and exploring larger takeaways from multiple disciplines and perspectives. Participating in common reading programs has enhanced my understanding of my work. I’ve had the chance to talk with historians, philosophers, economists, and freshmen across the country who have shared their unique views on a book that I’ve lived and have written.

So whenever my books gets used like this, I try to go all out to help the stories spread in those communities.  I recently attended the First Year Experience conference in San Diego and shared the flyer below with those in attendance:

The flyer can be downloaded here: FYE 2014 flyer

If you’re thinking about using WEARING or EATING, hit me up for ideas of how I can help you reach your community or campus – hi@kelseytimmerman.com.

 
2 comments

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I’ve book-marked it for later!

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