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The Brookens Library ONE BOOK, ONE UIS program aims to enrich the campus at the University of Illinois Springfield. Together, we will read the same book, giving students, staff and faculty the opportunity to engage and interact with one another through the exploration of ideas and themes found in the reading. Special events and programs, book discussions and other activities will help the UIS campus grow closer together as we learn about ourselves, one another, and the world around us. Leadership lived begins with just one book!

The 2013 ONE BOOK, ONE UIS Selected Book

Brookens Library, the ONE BOOK, ONE UIS Steering Committee and the University of Illinois Springfield’s Chancellor’s Office are proud to announce the inaugural ONE BOOK, ONE UIS selection: Pulitzer Prize Winning Author, Katherine Boo’s “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”.  The book unveils a stunning true story about the slums of India, delving into issues surrounding life, death and hope. By integrating the book into classroom, hosting book discussions and other events throughout the semester, we will explore themes of poverty, greed, promise and more as we move through Boo’s riveting piece of nonfiction. The 2013 ONE BOOK, ONE UIS will culminate with the cornerstone event: Author Katherine Boo will speak about her book at The University of Illinois Springfield (Sangamon Auditorium) on Monday, October 7, 2013. A book signing will immediately follow.

The Cornerstone Event: Book Discussion with Katherine Boo: CANCELLED

The Katherine Boo appearance & book discussion has been cancelled due to the author’s ill health. We hope to reschedule the event sometime during the 2013/2014 academic year. We will share information as it becomes available. Thank you for your interest in One Book, One UIS and “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”.

Katherine Boo Event

October 7, 2013 – 7pm

We are thrilled to bring award winning author Katherine Boo to the University of Illinois Springfield on Monday, October 7th, 2013 to talk about her book “Behind the Beautiful Forevers”. The event will begin at 7:00 pm and will take place on the University of Illinois Springfield’s Campus at the Sangamon Auditorium. Immediately following the book discussion, you will have the opportunity to have your book signed by the author! Don’t miss your chance to listen to the Katherine Boo speak about one of the most talked about books of 2012.

The event is FREE and open to the public. Tickets (FREE) are recommended. Ensure you get a great seat by calling the Sangamon Auditorium Ticket Office at 217-206-6160.

For questions about the ONE BOOK, ONE UIS cornerstone event email Janelle Gurnsey: gurnsey.janelle@uis.edu

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