WORDY by Nature Summer Book Club

Introducing the first ever WORDY by Nature Summer Book Club! All summer Student Leadership will be discussing their favorite subject, books, but with a special Sigma Tau Delta focus. They will start with the 2013 Common Reader, Ex Libris: Confessions of a Common Reader, by Anne Fadiman, and then move on to books by other authors scheduled to speak at the 2013 Sigma Tau Delta International Convention in Portland, OR.

Participate in fun and enlightening conversation about the books and authors themselves, and brainstorm about possible convention paper topics or chapter activities designed around them. The Student Leadership Committee, the 2013 Convention Chair, and other knowledgeable Sponsors and Chapter Officers will be on hand to answer questions about the books, the authors, and the numerous possibilities for using these texts in your plans for next year.

Anne Fadiman will make a SPECIAL GUEST APPEARANCE to answer a few of our selected questions.

  • Sign-ups are open now in the WORDY by Nature discussion forums. Please feel free to create an account, introduce yourself, and take a look around.
  • The Summer Book Club is open to everyone: students, Sponsors, alumni, and guests. Please spread the word!

Sponsors: If you have any interest in writing discussion prompts or monitoring forums for one or more of our selected books, we would be thrilled to have your input and assistance.

To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Lauren Brandeberry at lbrandeberry@niu.edu.

Second and Third Book Selections

The second book selection for the Summer Book Club will be Ursula Le Guin's The Wild Girls (Outspoken Authors). This collection includes the Nebula Award-winning short story of the same name, along with two essays, a collection of poems, and an interview with the author. This varied collection will give you a taste of the wide range of works by Ursula Le Guin, the Thursday speaker for the 2013 convention. You will have an opportunity to recommend your favorite Ursula Le Guin work for additional reading.

The third selection will be Timothy Egan's The Worst Hard Time, the recounting of the true story of the greatest man-made ecological disaster to strike the United States. Timothy Egan is working with Ken Burns on a PBS special, The Dust Bowl, a two-part, four-hour documentary which will be aired November 18 and 19, 2012. Make sure you have an ice-cold glass of lemonade when you read this National Book Award-winning non-fiction account of The Great Depression dust bowl.