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Dr. Shari Bax
Administration Building 214
Warrensburg, MO 64093


One Campus One Book

Alexander Weinstein, the author of "Children of the New World" will be on campus on Nov. 9 for two book talks.
The book talks will take place in Hendricks Hall at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m.

2017: Children of the New World

One Campus, One Book Save The Date Poster
About the author:
Alexander Weinstein is the Director of The Martha’s Vineyard Institute of Creative Writing and the author of the short story collection Children of the New World (Picador 2016). His short stories and translations have appeared in Cream City Review, Hayden's Ferry Review, Pleiades, PRISM International, World Literature Today, and other journals. He is the recipient of a Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, and his fiction has been awarded the Lamar York, Gail Crump, Hamlin Garland, and New Millennium Prizes. He is an Associate Professor of Creative Writing at Siena Heights University and leads fiction workshops in the United States and Europe. His fiction can be found at

A little bit about "Children of the New World":
Children of the New World introduces readers to a near-future world of social media implants, memory manufacturers, dangerously immersive virtual reality games, and frighteningly intuitive robots. Many of these characters live in a utopian future of instant connection and technological gratification that belies an unbridgeable human distance, while other inhabit a post-collapse landscape made primitive by disaster.

A little bit about One Campus, One Book:
One Campus, One Book is a common reading program at UCM whose purpose is to engage all of our students and campus community in a shared, academically-driven experience. This initiative is intended to bring meaningful conversations on relevant, complex subjects beyond the classroom and into students' daily lives. The common reading program will culminate in a visit by the book's author to our campus in November.

By bringing to campus an author whose book will be included in first-year composition courses, this program will engage students with a text that addresses a contemporary social issue, encourage them to extend critical and rhetorical analysis to their lives beyond the classroom, and help them synthesize what may seem like disparate academic subjects, creating an interdisciplinary spirit of curiosity on campus. Pleiades, a journal of new writing, is a great resource to learn more about various subjects as well as find book reviews.



Previous One Campus One Book Selections:

2016: Elena Passarello's Let Me Clear My Throat: Essays
2015: Elizabeth Svoboda's What Makes a Hero

2014: Rebecca Skloot's The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks

2013: Jonathon Gotschall's Storytelling Animal