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Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read

As part of the Center for American Literary Studies's commitment to public reading, CALS proudly partners with the Centre County Library system to sponsor a joint CALS/Centre County Reads community read annually. Information about each year's book choice and events can be found in the links below.

Shared texts constitute a key form of community building. Whether readers agree or disagree about the interpretation of a given text, the act of discussing a text, offering cogent arguments about a text, and negotiating what a text might mean brings them together.

2017 Community Read

The 2017 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read of Stacey Lee's young adult novel Under a Painted Sky featured a wide array of events, including writing contest and a round-table event sponsored by CALS, and an evening discussion with Stacey Lee. Please find details for these events below, and be sure to check out the Centre County Reads website as well for additional info. All events were free and open to the public.

Read 2016-2017 CALS undergraduate intern Bailey Young's review of Lee's book in the Centre Daily Times, or listen to her read it on WPSU. You can also read a news recap of this year's Community Read.