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University of Connecticut UConn Reads

The University of Connecticut’s UConn Reads program has been created to bring together the University community – from students, faculty, and staff to alumni and friends of UConn, as well as citizens of Connecticut – for a far-reaching and engaging dialogue centered on a book suggested by the community.


We invite you to join us in reading this year’s book of choice and, over the coming year, participating in the conversation through an exciting series of discussion groups and other events and activities hosted by the University. We look forward to what is sure to be a stimulating and fulfilling conversation.


The 2013-14 UConn Reads Selection:
Persepolis by Marjane Satrapi

The 2013-14 UConn Reads program book selection is Persepolis, a bestselling, autobiographical graphic novel by Marjane Satrapi. Originally published in French, Persepolis depicts Satrapi’s coming-of-age story in her native Iran during and after the Islamic Revolution. It is the first graphic novel to have been chosen for the UConn Reads program.


Although Persepolis is available in two parts as two separate graphic novels, the UConn Reads programming will draw on the edition titled The Complete Persepolis, which repackages Persepolis 1 and Persepolis 2 into a single volume. The Complete Persepolis will be made available at a discount at the UConn Co-op in the coming weeks. It is not available in eBook format.



UConn Reads to Feature Free Event With Cartoonist Art Spiegelman

This spring, the 2013-14 UConn Reads program gets under way with a variety of programming offered across the University’s campuses in honor of this year’s book selection, Marjane Satrapi’s graphic novel Persepolis. While events will range from art exhibitions to workshops about Persian literature and calligraphy, this year’s UConn Reads program will culminate in a free lecture by acclaimed cartoonist Art Spiegelman on the Storrs campus. Learn more about this free event, taking place on March 24.


Monday's UConn Reads event “What the %@&*! Happened to Comics” featuring cartoonist Art Spiegelman has been rescheduled to Monday, March 24, 2014 at 7pm at the Jorgensen Center for the Performing Arts. Questions may be directed to University Events and Conference Services at


Enter the UConn Reads Student Creative Memoir Contest

Enter the second annual UConn Reads Student Contest for a chance to win up to $500 toward your tuition/fee bill. Deadline: March 24, 2014.



President Herbst Reads From Persepolis During Banned Books Week