Since 1997, incoming freshmen at ASU have been asked to read a book as part of their orientation to Appalachian State University. By participating in the Common Reading Program, students establish a common experience with other new students.
This year's selection is A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah. Ishmael Beah was born in 1980 in the nation of Sierra Leone. While Beah was still a young boy, his country descended into a horrific civil war, and Beah was forced to flee his village when rebels brutally attacked. Beah was picked up as a young teenager by the government army. While still at heart a gentle boy, he was nevertheless pressed into service as a government guerrilla soldier.
September 3, 2015 10:00 a.m., Holmes Convention Center
Q&A Panel Discussion with Faculty, Staff, and Students
Septermber 3, 2015 2:00 p.m., Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union
Author Reading and Book Signing
September 3, 2015, 7:30 p.m., Blue Ridge Ballroom, Plemmons Student Union