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Information about the common read book, the authors, and the events happening in Fall 2015.
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About the Common Reading Program

Sierra Nevada College Explores Graphic Novels for Community Read Program for Fall 2015

Sierra Nevada College continues the One Book, One Campus program begun in fall 2009, with all incoming Fall 2015 students being asked to read Refresh, Refresh, a graphic novel by Danica Novgorodoff based on a short story by Benjamin Percy. Both Danica Novgorodoff and Benjamin Percy will be on campus this September for presentations. 

What are Graphic Novels?

"Graphic Novel" is a format, not a genre. Graphic novels can be fiction, non-fiction, history, fantasy, or anything in-between. Graphic novels are similar to comic books because they use sequential art to tell a story. Unlike comic books, graphic novels are generally stand-alone stories with more complex plots.

  • In 2012, graphic novel print sales rose to $385 million.
  • The popularity of graphic novels has led to a growing number of books that fall between the classic novel and graphic novel, such as Watchman and Persepolis, as well as a growing number of traditional books being adapted into graphic novels (i.e. Game of Thrones).
  • Many mainstream writers have crossed over to graphic novels (Eric Jerome Dickey, Cecil Castellucci, Anthony Horowitz, Stephen King, Jodi Picoult, Laurell K. Hamilton). There have also been graphic novels created by musicians, including Avril Lavigne, Gerard Way (My Chemical Romance) and Neil Young.

What is a Common Read?

Inspired by the popularity of book clubs, a growing number of college campuses are adopting common reading programs. The idea of a common reading selection rests on a simple idea: that reading the same book brings people together as a community by creating a common ground for discussion and intellectual growth. As Shannon Beets, Sierra Nevada College Interim President, explains, "For this program, our faculty select literature that reinforces our College’s core values of Sustainability, Liberal Arts, Entrepreneurial Thinking, and Professional Preparedness."   Beets goes on to note that SNC staff, faculty, and community members are encouraged to join the community of readers in order to provide a shared academic experience and to stimulate conversations across the campus as well as across town. Copies of the book are available to faculty and staff, free of charge. Copies will also be available at Incline Village Public Library and Incline High School.


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Refresh, Refresh

This year we will be reading Danica Novgorodoff’s graphic novel, Refresh, Refresh which is based on the short story of the same name by Benjamin Percy.  This is a story of three young boys and their struggle to grow up fast enough to fill their fathers’ shoes.  They fight to make themselves stronger.  They fight to make men out of boys.  They fight to make their absent fathers proud, all the while, refreshing their emails to hear from their soldier fathers. We are fortunate this year to have both Danica Novgorodoff and Benjamin Percy here on campus for special events.

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Refresh, Refresh - Danica Novgorodoff (Illustrator); James Ponsoldt; Benjamin Percy
Call Number: PN 6727 .N68 R44 2009
ISBN: 9781596435223
Publication Date: 2009


Understanding Graphic Novels

These books are in the SNC library ready to be checked out.

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The Power of Comics - Randy Duncan; Paul Levitz; Matthew J. Smith
Call Number: PN 6710 .D86 2014
ISBN: 9781472535696
Publication Date: 2015

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Graphic Novels : Everything You Need to Know - Paul Gravett
Call Number: PN 6710 .G738 2005
ISBN: 9780060824259
Publication Date: 2005

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Understanding Comics - Scott McCloud
Call Number: RESERVE PN 6710 .M335 1993
ISBN: 9780060976255
Publication Date: 1994

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Teaching the Graphic Novel - Stephen E. Tabachnick (Editor)
Call Number: PN 6710 .T38 2009
ISBN: 9781603290616
Publication Date: 2009


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