CSU, Chico President Paul Zingg and Butte College President Kimberly Perry jointly announced the Book in Common for Academic Year 2012-13 will be Unquenchable, by Robert Glennon.
"We are pleased to join together to make this announcement," said Zingg and Perry, "Since the Book in Common became a joint project of our campuses, the City of Chico and County of Butte, we have been gratified at the community's enthusiastic response to the books and the conversations that these books spark."
Unquenchable focuses on one of California's most pressing and controversial issues: water. Author Glennon's highly readable account reveals that water – both its quality and quantity – are not peculiarly California problems, but affects many other regions of the United States – from Atlanta, Georgia to Minnesota to Las Vegas. But water is a particularly vexing issue in California and in the North State in particular. In many ways, the wise management of water is the most important issue facing communities across the North State.
"We hope that this book will encourage an informed, open, and reasoned discussion of how we in California will manage the critically important resource of water. Water is a necessity for all life, and if that were not enough, it is also the engine of economic growth across the state. This is most obvious in agriculture, but extends to many other sectors of the economy as well," according to Chico State President Paul Zingg.
"This book fits well with Butte College's emphasis on sustainability, a commitment shared by Chico State," added Dr. Perry. "We hope that Unquenchable will create lively and meaningful conversations and discussions on a topic of central importance to our community."
The Book in Common is a shared, community read, designed to promote discussion and understanding of important issues facing the broader community.
The Book in Common is chosen each year by a group of university faculty and staff and community members. Past community reads include The Soloist, by Steve Lopez, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, by William Kamkwamba and the current Book in Common, Zeitoun, by Dave Eggers. As in past years, Butte College, Chico State, the City and County have sponsored a variety of events: panel discussions, lectures, and other public events, in celebration of the Book in Common. Author visits are also part of the Book in Common. The much-celebrated author of Zeitoun, Dave Eggers, will be giving a public talk on May 7 in CSU's Laxson Auditorium. More details about Robert Glennon's visit will be made available later this year.