Join us to #ActForInclusion by exploring ideas that support diverse identities, challenge our perspectives, and connect us as a community of readers

Open to all UCI students, faculty and staff, the UCI Great Big Read, is a project co-sponsored by the Office of Inclusive Excellence, the UCI Libraries, and the Division of Student Affairs.  The project aims to foster engagement and social solidarity through books while mandates require practicing physical distancing. The books will focus on themes of inclusion and connection as ways to enhance openness to diverse perspectives.

UCI members are invited to join in reading and discussion forums. This website will be updated with events and other information, so please check back.

Selected titles are provided for free to registered readers at their UCI emails. The UCI Great Big Read offers several ways that members of the campus and medical center can engage, including independently reading books from the list, participating in upcoming discussion forums and volunteering for selection readings in forthcoming programs.

FIND OUT MORE ABOUT THE BOOK SELECTIONS:

FIRST SELECTED BOOK:
Kindred by Octavia Butler (1979;2004) – a classic time travel novel about a heroine caught between two worlds

To access the Kindred book link through, please click here. Once there, please click on the link “EBL online monographs purchased”. To read online, click on “Read Online”; To download to an eReader such as a Kindle or an iPad, please use Adobe Digital Editions. Open the book and then click on the download button.

The Kindred eBook is now available on UCI Libraries’ Overdrive. UCI students, faculty and staff are eligible to access UCI’s institutional subscription to this online resource from any campus computer or from off-campus with VPN support. An activated UCInetID is required. The subscription/license to this product does not allow access to users not affiliated with UCI.

SECOND SELECTED BOOK:
 Afterlife by Julia Alvarez (2020) – an immigrant writer, recently widowed, examines hope

To access the Afterlife book link through, please click here. Once there, please click on the link “EBL online monographs purchased”. To read online, click on “Read Online”; To download to an eReader such as a Kindle or an iPad, please use Adobe Digital Editions. Open the book and then click on the download button.

The Afterlife eBook is now available on UCI Libraries’ Overdrive. UCI students, faculty and staff are eligible to access UCI’s institutional subscription to this online resource from any campus computer or from off-campus with VPN support. An activated UCInetID is required. The subscription/license to this product does not allow access to users not affiliated with UCI.

Register under the Registration tab or by clicking here.

If you have difficulties connecting via the links, please re-try or contact: Ask a Librarian

Click here to view the LibGuide – a selective list of writings about authors and books chosen for UCI’s Great Big Read.


Check back soon for event updates!

UCI Great Big Read is brought to you by UCI Office of Inclusive Excellence, UCI Student Affairs, and UCI Libraries