One Amazing Thing selected as Auburn University 2018-19 Common Book

Auburn University has selected One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni as the institution’s 2018-19 Common Book.

The university’s first selection to feature a female author, One Amazing Thing tells the fictional story of a group of people from different cultures and backgrounds who, after becoming become trapped together by an earthquake for days, use stories about “one amazing thing” from their lives to help them survive.

The book’s primary themes address cultural and ethnic diversity through storytelling while engaging readers in discussions about prejudice, cultural misunderstandings, and the value of multiculturalism. Additional topics include personal disaster preparedness, government preparation for and response to life-threatening events, and the difficulties of leadership in crisis. Members of the campus community are encouraged to read the book and attend a keynote by Divakaruni on September 19th, 2018.

In addition to Divakaruni’s visit, the Common Book program will sponsor a variety of events during the fall semester that celebrate students, faculty, and staff from across the world with an emphasis uniting the campus community. University courses will also incorporate the book into discussions surrounding cultural interactions, immigration, benefits of travel, and impacts of natural disasters.

Established in 2010, Auburn’s Common Book Program: One Book One Auburn is designed to create a learning experience that is shared among the students, faculty, and staff and foster a sense of community by provoking intellectual discourse and engagement. Each year, a committee of students, faculty, and staff contribute to the selection process by reading potential works and engaging in thoughtful discussions before a final selection is made.

The Common Book: One Book One Auburn program is proud to continue its partnership between the Office of Undergraduate Studies and the Auburn Public Library. By creating a shared reading experience for students, faculty, staff and the broader Auburn community, the program seeks to provide insight into the human condition while developing lifelong habits of intellectual curiosity and engagement.

For more information about the Common Book: One Book One Auburn Program and the new selection, visit our current book section. Updated information is also available via the Common Book: One Book One Auburn social media pages.

Cover of Book - One Amazing Thing

Dave Eggers Keynote Rescheduled

The Common Book Program is pleased to announce that the 2017 Author Keynote with Dave Eggers has been rescheduled for November 30th at 7:00pm in the Student Center Ballroom. This will be a great opportunity to hear from the author and learn more about this year’s book.

Additionally, the event “Storytelling in the Age of Screen: A Conversation on Book to Film Conversion with Dave Eggers” has been rescheduled for December 1st. See the calendar of events for more details.

2016-17 Common Book Survey: Enter to Win a Chance for a Free Copy of Next Year’s Common Book!

2016-17 Common Book Program Survey: Tell Us About Your Experiences with Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy and the Common Book Program, and You Could Win a Free Copy of Next Year’s Common Book!

AUBURN, Ala. – The Common Book program is seeking survey respondents among Auburn University students, graduate students, and faculty/staff. The Qualtrics survey will assess the use of this year’s Common Book, Just Mercy, by Bryan Stevenson in classrooms, events, and special programming across campus for the 2016-17 year.

The survey generate questions based on the respondent’s answers about reading Just Mercy, whether it was used in classes or organizations, and whether the respondent attended any Common Book programs. All students, graduate students, faculty and staff are encouraged to participate in this short survey, regardless of their participation in the program this year.

At the end of the survey, every respondent will have the opportunity to enter their email address for a raffle for a copy of next year’s Common Book. The book will be announced in January, and programming will begin in the fall.

The survey is available here:

2016-17 Common Book Survey

The survey will be open from November 29 – December 6.

The Common Book program thanks you for your participation and for your continued support!

Contacts: Paige Busby, Common Book Program,,; or Jeff LaMondia, Common Book Program,

(Written by Paige Busby)