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Santa Barbara Reads

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The Santa Barbara Public Library invites the community to read and celebrate Joy Harjo’s An American Sunrise this fall as a part of this year’s annual SB Reads program — NEA Big Read: Santa Barbara Reads. Harjo’s book of poems explores Indigenous pasts, presents, and potential futures in the US, and prompts readers to unpack the impact of America's colonial history. This series of events will engage the community with local artists, poets, and writers and will invite readers to examine the world from viewpoints other than their own.

More details about the program will become available in the coming months. Santa Barbara Reads will take place in November and December 2021. Sign up for SBPL’s newsletter to keep up to date about all upcoming Library events. All Library programs and services are free and open to the public.

Santa Barbara Reads 2021 is made possible with support from the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest.

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Santa Barbara Reads Previous Selections:

2020  Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert
 2019 Aristotle and Dante Discover the Secrets of the Universe by Benjamin Alire Sáenz
 2018  Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley - Bicentennial publication anniversary 
 2017  Station Eleven (NEA Big Read) by Emily St. John Mandel 
 2016      Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson 
 2015 Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison by Piper Kerman
 2014 The Big Burn: Teddy Roosevelt and the Fire That Saved America by Timothy Egan
 2013 Moonwalking with Einstein: the Art and Science of Remembering Everything by Joshua Foer
 2013 The Things They Carried (NEA Big Read) by Tim O'Brien
 2012 Moby-Duck by Donovan Hohn
 2011 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
 2010 Enrique's Journey by Sonia Nazario
 2009 Fahrenheit 451 (NEA Big Read) by Ray Bradbury
 2009 Ethics for the New Millennium by His Holiness the Dalai Lama
 2008 Housekeeping by Marilynne Robinson
 2008 The Travels of a T-Shirt in the Global Economy by Pietra Rivoli
 2007 Mountains Beyond Mountains by Tracy Kidder
 2007 Island of the Blue Dolphins by Scott O'Dell
 2007 Field Notes from a Catastrophe: Man, Nature, and Climate Change by Elizabeth Kolbert
 2006 My California: Journeys By Great Writers edited by Donna Wares
 2005 When the Emperor was Divine by Julie Otsuka
 2004 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time by Mark Haddon
 2003 Life of Pi by Yann Martel
 2002 The Tortilla Curtain by T.C. Boyle
Last Updated: Aug 4, 2021
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