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About the program

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The One Book, One University Program is sponsored by the Governors State University Intellectual Life Committee. The One Book program is part of a nationwide movement which started in Seattle in 1998 to bring a community together to read and discuss the same literary work. Other GSU selections have included Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi,  To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Team of Rivals by Doris Kearns Goodwin.


If you like The Color Purple...

you also may enjoy these selections:

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Beloved - Morrison, Toni
ISBN: 1400033411
Publication Date: 1987
"After Paul D. finds his old slave friend Sethe in Ohio and moves in with her and her daughter Denver, a strange girl comes along by the name of "Beloved." Sethe and Denver take her in and then strange things begin to happen." -- WorldCat

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Getting to Happy - McMillan, T.
ISBN: 9780670022045
Publication Date: 2010
From the Publisher (via WorldCat): "An exuberant return to the four unforgettable heroines of Waiting to Exhale-the novel that changed African American fiction forever. Now, [Terry] McMillan revisits Savannah, Gloria, Bernadine, and Robin fifteen years later."


Welcome to One Book, One University

Join the GSU community in a discussion of The Color Purple, Alice Walker's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The book was made into a movie in 1985 and a Tony Award-winning musical play as well. The National Touring Company will bring the exciting musical to the Center for Performing Arts at GSU at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday,  Feb. 8, 2012.  For ticket information, click here! But first, come to the discussion

from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.,

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2012,

in the Hall of Honors

at GSU.

Please RSVP at: or ext. 4116

This book and the movie made from it are available at the GSU Library! Check for availability. You can check the local libraries for a copy of the book or movie, too.


Dr. Terry Allison on The Color Purple

Dr. Terry Allison, Provost of Governors State University, discusses the choice of The Color Purple for One Book, One University.

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Lynn DiMaggio, Senior Library Specialist
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