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Voting is open through March 31 for next Common Reading book

ISSUED: 21 February 2018
MEDIA CONTACT: Valerie Owens

SHEPHERDSTOWN, WV — Voting is now open for Shepherd University’s 2018-2019 Common Reading book. Five semifinalists have been chosen for consideration. They are “Survivors Club: The True Story of a Very Young Prisoner of Auschwitz” by Michael Bornstein, “Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family” by Amy Ellis Nutt, “The Girl with Seven Names: Escape from North Korea” by Hyeonseo Lee, “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah, and “Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic” by Sam Quinones.

Voting is open to all campus and community members until March 31. The winning book will be announced on April 2. To learn more about the books and cast a vote, visit and click on the vote icon at the top of the page.

The goals of the Common Reading Program, which is made possible through the support of the Shepherd University Foundation, are to provide a shared intellectual experience, create a sense of community, encourage reading, promote engagement of ideas, set academic expectations, promote interaction between Shepherd and the community, and introduce students to community resources.

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