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Arts & Innovation

Arts & Innovation

One Book, One College

Book Jacket of Ginny Moon

2019-20 One Book, One College (OBOC)

A book club guide is available from LitLov​ers Book Club Resource​ .


What is One Book, One College?

Initiated in the 2004-5 academic year, OBOC is a college- and community-wide reading program with the goal to foster 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.

An Instructor Packet is available in MyCCC portal inside the Instructional Resources folder or by emailing a request to Judy,

Committee Members 
  • Karen Arenz  (Secretary, English Faculty)
  • Josh Austin  (Developmental Education Support Coordinator)
  • Erin Brabazon (English Faculty)
  • Judy Cirucci  (Chair, Instructional Designer)
  • Kelly Hayden (Librarian)
  • Karrol Jordan (Social Science Faculty)
  • Sharon Kewish (Past Chair, English Faculty, Emeritus)
  • Richard King (Librarian)
  • Carthornia Kouroupos (English Faculty) 
  • Doris Paladino (English Faculty, part time)
  • Sandra Reid  (Nursing Faculty)
  • Marcela Savelski (Assistant Dean--Humanities, English Faculty)  ​​
  • Linda Scully (Senior Administrative Assistant, Humanities)
  • Pat Sink (English Faculty)
  • Meredith Vicente (Physical & Learning Disabilities Director)​

Previous Selections
  • 2018-2019 The Orphan's Tale by Pam Jenoff
  • 2017-2018 The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom
  • 2016-2017 Remember Me Like This by Bret Anthony Johnston​
  • 2015-2016 The Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
  • 2014-2015 Until Tuesday by Luis Carlos Montalvan
  • 2013-2014 A Mighty Long Way by Carlotta Walls Lanier
  • 2012-2013 Faithless by Joyce Carol Oates
  • 2011-2012 Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
  • 2010-2011 The Soloist by Steve Lopez
  • 2009-2010 Strong Medicine Speaks by Amy Hill Hearth
  • 2008-2009 The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
  • 2007-2008 Freedom Writers Diary by Erin Gruwell
  • 2006-2007 Snow Falling on Cedars by David Guterson
  • 2005-2006 My Sister's Keeper by Jodi Picoult
  • 2004-2005 The Color of Water by James McBride
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