2017 Common Book Film Series

The Common Book Program is pleased to announce that the Auburn University Honors College & the Auburn University Library is sponsoring a Common Book Film Series. All screenings are scheduled for 3:00-5:00pm in the Caroline Marshall Draughon Lecture Room on the Ground Floor of the RBD Library.

2017 Common Book Film Series:

Meet Dave Social Media Contest

Dave Eggers Headshot

Meet Author Dave Eggers

Auburn Students, this is your chance to meet author Dave Eggers at a special, invite-only Common Book reception! To enter the contest, take a reading selfie with The Circle wherever your summer plans take you. Five winners will be selected! Check out platform specific directions below:


First like and follow our Facebook page @AUCommonBook. Then post a photo of yourself reading The Circle with the hashtag #ThisIs1Book1Auburn.


First follow our Instagram account @AUCommonBook. Then post a photo of yourself reading The Circle with the hashtag #ThisIs1Book1Auburn and tag us in the picture.


Follow our Twitter account @AUCommonBook, then tweet a photo of yourself reading The Circle and include #ThisIs1Book1Auburn hashtag in your tweet.

We encourage students to engage with us on all our social media site for more chances to win. All winners must be current Auburn University students. If selected as winner, contestants must reply to a direct message on the social media site within three days. All entries must be submitted by August 20th.

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, aucommonbook@auburn.edu, kpm0017@auburn.edu; or Jeff LaMondia, Common Book Program, jlamondia@auburn.edu

(Written by Paige Busby)

Office of University Writing: 10 Ideas for Linking Writing and the Common Book

The Office of University Writing, the Miller Writing Center, and the Common Book program have joined with Dr. Margaret Marshall, the Director of University Writing, to develop a resource for instructors who are interested in teaching and discussing the annual Common Book.

This guide links writing and discussion to the Common Book, and gives instructors ten quick tips for engaging with students while remaining flexible for all curricula. Since the guide is not discipline specific and offers suggestions for inclusion through a variety of pedagogical methods, this resource will be applicable throughout campus initiatives.

Please click the link below to access the file, and visit The Office of University Writing for all your writing needs!

10 Ideas for linking Writing and the Common Book

EJI and Stevenson are Slowing the Gears of the Death Penalty Machine

As Bryan Stevenson says at the close of Just Mercy, “the work continues,” and that statement is truer today than perhaps he ever imagined. Stevenson and the Equal Justice Initiative are continuing their efforts against “the death penalty machine.”

For the full news story, please visit the Washington Post’s article, “The Slow Decline of the Death Penalty”.

Donate The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind – AU Common Book, 2014-15

Do you have copies of our 2014-2015 Common Book, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer?
Would you like to donate your book to students in need?

Claudine S. James is a seventh and eighth grade Pre-AP English teacher at Malvern Middle School, located in a small town in central Arkansas. When she spoke of her students and their enthusiasm in accepting her reading challenges, she said, “Words cannot say how proud I am of them for accepting my reading challenge. Not only have they become smarter, the inspiring and life-changing lessons they’ve learned through their reading, will inevitably help them to become productive members of society.” Each year, she centers her English lessons on a theme, and each spring, she leads and assists her students in constructing an exhibit to share what they learned with students throughout the district. So far the students have developed exhibits including: Mini Holocaust Museum (2013), Heroes in History (2014), Amazing Authors (2015), and Profiles in Courage (2016). Her students will be working on a new exhibit for this coming school year called Writers Around the World, and this is where she needs Auburn’s help.
In light of the theme, Writers Around the World, one of the books she plans to introduce to her students during the 2016-2017 school year is the same book Auburn Common Book used during the 2014-2015 year: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind. She believes this book to be a pivotal text to highlight diversity, perseverance, and introduce multicultural studies.
Claudine would like to ask Auburn University and our surrounding communities of friends and family to donate any used or unused copies of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind to her students. Auburn Common Book would be grateful if you would consider donating your copy of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind or purchase additional copies to support Claudine’s cause. For example, new copies of the book are available for purchase from Amazon for approximately $6.00 (with used copies starting at $0.01), and you may also find new and used copies in local bookstores.
All copies of The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind must be shipped directly to Claudine and her students at:
Writers Around the World Exhibit
C/O C. James
PO Box 1234
Malvern, AR 72104
Common Book recommends you send a note of encouragement along with your book donation to Claudine and her students. The simplest gesture can make an immense difference in a child’s life, and you, too, can make that difference. We at the Common Book program are immensely thankful for your support. War Eagle!

*Note: To donate out-of-state, donated books must be purchased with personal funds. All state-funded purchases must be donated to Alabama state schools, departments, and organizations. If you are interested in donating books to local communities in Alabama, please contact the Common
Book Coordinator, Paige Busby, at aucommonbook@auburn.edu.

Bryan Stevenson Discusses Prejudice and Police Shootings on CBS

In light of recent events, it is more important than ever to acknowledge the relevance of our Common Book selection for 2016. In the following video, Bryan Stevenson identifies the root of racism, grieves for the Dallas police, and highlights the importance of discussing our history, present tragedies, and future change.

Bryan Stevenson was a guest on CBS This Morning on July 11, 2016.

Please click the link below to view the video:

CBS – Bryan Stevenson