People frequently ask us if we see big-name authors in our building all the time. The answer is: not “all the time,” but occasionally. I’ve been star-struck, personally, by meeting John Updike and ESPN anchor Kenny Mayne in my two years here, and I’m sure the others in my department have similar stories from their time.
On Monday, a few of us were able to sit down with another big name in the community-reading world, Tracy Kidder, whose book, Mountains Beyond Mountains, is one of–if not THE–most popular book in U.S. universities’ First Year Experience programs (in which all the incoming freshman read one book). Kidder has a new book coming out soon, so we asked him what it will be about, then asked him what it’s been like to work with so many community-reading programs.
Tracy on what his new book is about:[youtube 34ZOtZWPZ-c]
Tracy on working with universities and communities that have chosen his book:[youtube xm0c8-75wGU]