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 2012-2013 Campus Community Book Project (CCBP) will feature The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America's Great Migration, by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Isabel Wilkerson.

Winner of the 2010 National Book Critics Award for Nonfiction and named among The New York Times Book Review's 10 best of 2010, The Warmth of Other Suns chronicles the migration of almost six million African-Americans from the South between 1915 and 1970 to escape Jim Crow laws. Isabel Wilkerson's masterful account of the Great Migration, which changed the face of America, is based on more than a thousand interviews. According to The New York Times book review, the book represents an epic narrative that is "written in broad imaginative strokes…yet so immensely readable." The Warmth of Other Suns (the title borrowed from a poem written by celebrated black writer, Richard Wright), Wilkerson's first book, received numerous awards, which include the 2011 Anisfield-Wolf Award for Nonfiction and the 2011 Hillman Book Prize, among many others. Isabel Wilkerson was awarded for Outstanding Literary Work for The Warmth of Other Suns at the 42nd NAACP Image Awards.
Isabel Wilkerson's book is the eleventh Campus Community Book Project sponsored by the Office of Campus Community Relations. As with previous books, The Warmth of Other Suns will provide the campus community 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

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson

Isabel Wilkerson won the Pulitzer Prize in 1994 (making her the first African-American woman in the history of American journalism to win the prize) for her work as Chicago Bureau Chief of The New York Times. Wilkerson also won the George Polk Award, a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship, and was named Journalist of the Year by the National Association of Black Journalists. She is currently a professor of journalism and director of Narrative Nonfiction at Boston University.

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Author's Visit

February 12, 2013: Author's Talk - The Warmth of Other Suns
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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