Memphis Reads @ CBU is CBU’s first-year summer reading program and is a part of the Memphis community common reading program, Memphis Reads. The program gives new students a common academic experience and connects them with the campus community, as well as the Memphis community. First year students, upperclassmen, and faculty members read the same book and have numerous opportunities to discuss it throughout the school year at various First Year Experience events.

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A book is selected each year that is engaging and thought provoking. In turn, new students are asked to read the book, consider the issues it raises, and respond to it with an essay. The top ten winners of the essay contest will be featured during Welcome Weekend and at the writer’s talk.

As you arrive at CBU and embark on a new chapter of your life as a college student, we hope that your Memphis Reads @ CBU book will move you to think about your life so far and the lives of those around you, motivating you to change, serve, respond, and consider. You will receive a free copy of the book when you arrive on campus for Orientation. If you would like to get started on your book before Orientation, you can purchase the book on your own, borrow it from your local library, or feel free to stop by Academic Services in Barry Hall 37 for your copy.

2020 Author Talk and Q&A: Jonathan Safran Foer

Renowned author Jonathan Safran Foer will discuss his new book, We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast.

Event Details
Jonathan Safran Foer - We Are the Weather

2020 Sponsors

Memphis Reads Sponsors
  • International Paper
  • Christian Brothers University
  • Rhodes College
  • The National Endowment for the Arts
  • Tennessee Arts Commission

2020 Fresh Reads Top 10

Learn More

Review the 2020 Discussion Guide and Essay Prompt

Previous Fresh Reads Book Titles:

  • 2019: Memphis: 200 Years Together by a collection of Memphis authors
  • 2018: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
  • 2017: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak
  • 2016: Salvage the Bones by Jesmyn Ward
  • 2015: What is the What by Dave Eggers
  • 2014: The Beautiful Things That Heaven Bears by Dinaw Mengestu
  • 2013: The Other Wes Moore by Wes Moore
  • 2012: The Noticer by Andy Andrews
  • 2011: The Soloist by Steve Lopez

For more information on CBU’s Fresh Reads Program and this year’s book selection, please contact the Program Director, Dr. Karen Golightly.

Dr. Karen B. Golightly
Associate Professor, Chair
Phone: (901) 321-4483