Campus Community Book Project

The Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) was initiated after September 11th to promote dialogue and build community by encouraging diverse members of the campus and surrounding communities to read the same book and attend related events. The book project advances the Office of Campus Community Relations’ (OCCR) mission to improve both the campus climate and community relations, to foster diversity and to promote equity and inclusiveness.

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The 2011-2012 CCBP will focus on The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by National Book Award Winner author, Sherman Alexie.
Inspired by his own experiences growing up, Sherman Alexie chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one unlucky boy trying to rise above the life everyone expects him to live.
Alexie’s book is the tenth Campus Community Book Project sponsored by the Office of Campus Community Relations. As with previous books, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian will provide a catalyst for exploring ideas and issues relevant to our contemporary lives.

More information about past book projects and other OCCR initiatives are available at

The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Junior is a budding cartoonist growing up on the Spokane Indian reservation. Born with a variety of medical problems, he is picked on by everyone but his best friend. Determined to receive a good education, Junior leaves the rez to attend an all-white school in the neighboring farm town where the only other Indian is the school mascot. Despite being condemned as a traitor to his people and enduring great tragedies, Junior attacks life with wit and humor and discovers a strength inside of himself that he never knew existed.

Heartbreaking, funny, and beautifully written, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, which is based on the author's own experiences, coupled with poignant drawings by acclaimed artist Ellen Forney, that reflect the character's art, chronicles the contemporary adolescence of one Native American boy as he attempts to break away from the life he was destined to live.

Sherman Alexie

Sherman Alexie

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Author's Visit

April 11, 2012: Author's Talk - The Partially True Story of the True Diary of a Part-Time Indian
8 PM – 9:30 PM, Jackson Hall, Robert and Margrit Mondavi Center for the Performing Arts
To purchase tickets, please visit or call the Mondavi Center Box Office at (530) 754-2787.

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last updated 11/07/2011