An Evening with Shelby Van Pelt is sponsored by RCSJ, One Book, One College and the
Cumberland Campus Educational Foundation
|||An Evening with Shelby Van Pelt|
Live and In Person
Wed., October 25, 2023, at 7:00 PM
Guarancini Fine & Performing Arts Center
Shelby Van Pelt visits RCSJ-Cumberland's Luciano Theatre on Wednesday, October 25, 2023, at 7 PM. A book signing will follow. The event is free and open to RCSJ faculty, students, staff, and community.
This year's selection is sure to enthrall students, community, faculty, and staff alike and is already an extraordinarily popular book club pick.
Remarkably Bright Creatures
is available at RCSJ B&N Bookstores and all major booksellers and is sure to elicit important conversations on family, friendship, mental health, and the human-animal connection. For RCSJ Instructors:
The novel is easily relatable to the English, Women's Studies, Psychology, Biology, and Earth and Environmental Science classrooms. Science professors will find a perfect companion to Remarkably Bright
in the documentary, My Octopus Teacher
, available for free community screening for educational purposes through Netflix. Email Judy Cirucci
for more information.
Those planning to incorporate the novel into their courses may request an instructor copy and/or a resource packet by emailing
. Instructor copies are limited and will be handled on a first-come, first-served basis.
What is One Book, One College?
Initiated in the 2004-2005 academic year, OBOC is a college- and community-wide reading program with the goal of fostering a reading community that encourages reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness, and multicultural understanding.
Each year the OBOC committee chooses one special book to be read by students, faculty, staff, and the community at large. Workshops, discussions, lectures, and/or other related activities are organized around the selected book during the Fall and Spring Semesters of that year. Faculty are encouraged to incorporate the "One Book" into their classes across the curriculum.
The program's highlight is the much-anticipated annual author visit to campus. Participation in OBOC is not limited to Cumberland's campus, however. OBOC invites community members to read its selection and welcomes them to attend the annual author visit and book signing on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Karen Arenz, Instructor of English - Cumberland
Josh Austin, Assistant Professor of English - Cumberland
Erin Brabazon, Professor of English - Gloucester
Judy Cirucci, Chair, Sr. Instructional Designer - Cumberland
Anya Cronin, Professor of English - Gloucester
Yolanda Garcia Balicki, Esq., RCSJ Board of Trustees Member
Kelly Hayden, Librarian - Cumberland
Sharon Kewish, Past Chair, Professor Emeritus - English
- Maria LeBlanc, Executive Director, Cumberland Campus Educational Foundation
Susan Nardelli, Special Assistant to the President-Institutional Advancement
Sandra Reid, Professor of Nursing - Cumberland
Meredith Vicente, Director of Special Services - Cumberland
- 2022 -2023 The Children’s Blizzard by Melanie Benjamin
- 2021 -2022
The Book of Lost Friends by Lisa Wingate
Maid by Stephanie Land
Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig
The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston
The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan
A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls Lanier
Faithless by Joyce Carol Oates
Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
The Soloist by Steve Lopez
Strong Medicine Speaks by Amy Hill Hearth
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
The Color of Water by James McBride