Common Reading Event in Blandford Hall

Previous Common Readings

Want to find some other good books to read? Here are the previous titles from OCTC's Common Reading series (these books are also available for check-out in the campus library):

  • Fall 2016: Come and Go, Molly Snow by Mary Ann Taylor-Hall (novel - KY writer)*
  • Spring 2016: The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein (novel)*
  • Fall 2015:  A Companion for Owls: Being the Commonplace Book of D. Boone Long Hunter, Back Woodsman, &c. by Maurice Manning (poetry - KY writer)*
  • Spring 2015: Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline (novel)*
  •  Fall 2014: Folks, This Ain't Normal by Joel Salatin (nonfiction)*
  • Spring 2014:  A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House (novel - KY writer)*  - along with our 10-Year anniversary anthology of 6 former Common Reading authors
  • Fall 2013:  The Namesake by Jhumpa Lahiri (novel)
  • Spring 2013:  Across a Hundred Mountains by Reyna Grande (novel)*
  • Fall 2012:  The Most They Ever Had by Rick Bragg (memoir/essays)*
  • Spring 2012:  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie (novel) *
  • Fall 2011: September 11, 2001:  American Writers Respond (anthology)
  • Spring 2011: Catalpa by George Ella Lyon (poetry - KY writer) *
  • Fall 2010: Maus: My Father Bleeds History (Vol. 1) by Art Spiegelman (graphic novel)
  • Spring 2010: Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir by Carol O'Dell (memoir) *
  • Fall 2009: House of Abraham: Lincoln and the Todds, a Family Divided by War by Stephen Berry (non-fiction - KY theme) *
  • Spring 2009: In Country by Bobbie Ann Mason (novel - KY writer) *
  • Fall 2008: Dismal Rock by Davis McCombs (poetry - KY theme) *
  • Spring 2008: The Joy Luck Club by Amy Tan (novel) - (as part of Owensboro's The Big Read project)
  • Fall 2007: Buffalo Dance: The Journey of York by Frank X Walker (poetry - KY writer) *
  • Spring 2007: Reading Lolita in Tehran : A Memoir in Books by Azar Nafisi (memoir / essay)
  • Fall 2006: The Hidden Wound by Wendell Berry (essay / memoir - KY writer) *
  • Spring 2006: Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury (novel)
  • Fall 2005: Rafting Rise by Joe Survant (poetry - KY writer) *
  • Spring 2005: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston (novel)
  • Fall 2004: A Parchment of Leaves by Silas House (novel - KY writer) *
  • Spring 2004: Brave New World by Aldous Huxley (novel)

Many authors or related speakers have come to campus for a reading (see our OCTC Common Reading Facebook photo galleries for pictures of authors and information about other related presentations and events).  * Indicates authors who have read at OCTC.

To find these titles, and more by these authors, at the OCTC library site click on the "Find Books and Audiovisuals" link on the library site. For your search term use "common reading author" (in quotation marks, preferably). Leave the other areas at their default setting (Keyword) but select Owensboro CTC from the dropdown  "check holdings for a particular library."