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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.

2018 Community Read

The 2018 Centre County Reads/CALS Community Read brings State College native Sunil Yapa home to celebrate his debut novel Your Heart is a Muscle the Size of a Fist (2016). This year's Centre County Reads will meaningfully engage with the novel's themes of activism, protest, and community. The events will include a writing contest and a roundtable discussion sponsored by CALS as well as an author event with Yapa himself. Details for these and other events will be posted below as they are determined and be sure to check out the Centre County Reads website as well for additional info. All events are free and open to the public.