ASU Common Read

Coming up: 'Thinking 101'

ASU Common Read graphic featuring selection Thinking 101 cover

2023 event details TBA

Please watch this space for details about ASU's 2023 Common Read celebration featuring author Woo-Kyoung Ahn.

About the common read

Each year, Writing Programs at ASU selects a book as a "common read." The chosen work may be adopted as an additional textbook by composition classes during that year. The goal of the program at ASU is to encourage first-year students to write about pressing social problems that are relevant to ASU’s mission as a public enterprise. By learning to write about such problems as a community, we increase the probability of finding solutions to them.

Past selections & events

2022-2023: "The Undocumented Americans" by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio

2021-2022: "Long Time Coming: Reckoning with Race in America" by Michael Eric Dyson


2020-2021: "We Are the Weather: Saving the Planet Begins at Breakfast" by Jonathan Safran Foer