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One Book One Northwestern seeks recommendations for 2024-2025

Submit ideas for next year by Nov. 20
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One Book One Northwestern has been a campus tradition for 18 years, bringing together the Chicago and Evanston campuses through discussion and activities surrounding a different selection each year.

Northwestern University’s One Book One Northwestern selection committee is seeking recommendations for the 2024-2025 academic year. Housed in the Office of the Provost, this 18-year tradition brings together the Chicago and Evanston campuses through discussion and activities surrounding a different selected book each year.

Book suggestions should include the title, author, number of pages, a summary and brief description of why this book would make a great common read. 

The book should be available in paperback and digital formats by May 1, 2024. Submit suggestions by Monday, Nov. 20, 2023, on the One Book online submission form. Questions about the selection progress and program can be emailed to  

One Book’s 2023-24 programming surrounded the themes of Michelle Zauner’s memoir “Crying in H Mart.” Best known as the singer and guitarist who creates dreamy, shoegaze-inspired indie pop under the name Japanese Breakfast, Zauner became a bestselling author in 2021 when her book about the loss of her mother, their shared love for Korean food and being biracial as an Asian American rocketed to the top of the New York Times Bestsellers list. Zauner was recently on both the Chicago and Evanston campuses on Oct.18 to sold-out crowds. 

Other past titles include “How the Word is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America,” by Clint Smith; “The Story of More: How We Got to Climate Change and Where to Go From Here,” by Hope Jahren; “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption” by Bryan Stevenson; “Hidden Figures, the American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race” by Margot Lee Shetterly; and the “The Handmaid’s Tale” by Margaret Atwood.  

For more information about the programming offered in conversation with the books chosen each year, visit the One Book One Northwestern website