A book has been chosen for 2015’s One Book One Campus read. The title is Always Running: La Vida Loca, by Luis J. Rodriguez. It’s about the author’s experiences in the gang scene in Los Angeles. This is a riveting read, and it has earned the 1993 Carl Sandburg Literary Award for Non-Fiction, and many other accolades.
Mr. Rodriguez was just selected as the Poet Laureate of Los Angeles. He will be writing poems talking about the amazingly vibrant city. In his acceptance speech, he spoke about his experiences with the public library.
We are excited to be able to incorporate this powerful book into our college. There will be more information about activities in the coming months.
If you are interested in checking out a copy, it is available in the Main Stacks at HV6439.U7 L77 2005.
Hello! The One Book One Campus committee is asking faculty and staff of Ventura College to vote for one of eight books to be chosen as the 2015 One Book. 2015 is closer than we think! You can find the survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/VCOneBook2015
Please make your voice heard!
The campus is currently reading the book The Things They Carried for One Book One Campus. We have several events planned this semester surrounding this book, some of which are in conjunction with the City of Ventura, which is reading this book as part of the Big Read:
- Big Read Event: Monday, April 7, 2014, 6:00pm, E.P. Foster Library, 651 E. Main St.: “Why Fiction and Not Journalism?” Presentation by Dr. Robert Chianese, followed by a movie
- Joint Event: Friday, April 18, 2014, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC):
“Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations” (Play)
- Joint Event: Saturday, April 19, 2014, 7:30pm, Performing Arts Center (PAC): “Under Fire: Stories of Combat Veterans Across Generations” (Play)
- Wednesday, April 23, 2014, 10:30am, Guthrie Hall: Panel of Student Veterans
Check out the Big Read events, too!
As you may know, the campus is reading the book The Things They Carried for One Book One Campus this year. This is a book that we hope everyone gets a chance to experience this year. It tells of a squadron of soldiers during the Vietnam War, and their experiences. Their stories are all intermingled, telling of their many different experiences, from love to death.
It turns out that, this spring, the City of Ventura is reading this book as part of the National Endowment for the Arts’ Big Read program! In February, March, and April, they will have several different events featuring different aspects of this book. There are art exhibits, readings, even a play. Students are heavily encouraged to attend. Check out the list of events here.
Keep track of the College events for One Book One Campus here. Look for more events soon!