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ReadUP - One Book Together

ReadUP is University of Portland's annual celebration of literature in which the entire local campus community—students, faculty, and staff—are invited to read "one book together." Free copies of each year's selection are distributed by the Clark Library, and book discussion groups are formed in the residence halls and at brown bag lunches. The campaign culminates with a public lecture and discussion by the book's author, as part of the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Visiting Writers Series. The author's visit to the UP campus—and the efforts to get each year's riveting selection into the hands, heads and hearts of UP students, faculty and staff—is sponsored by the Schoenfeldt Distinguished Writers Series, the Office of the Provost, Garaventa Center for Catholic Intellectual Life & American Culture, Clark Library, Office of Residence Life, the Office of University Relations, and the Office of Marketing and Communications. 

2023-24 - Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude - Ross Gay

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The 2023-24 ReadUP event culminated in a powerful poetry and essay reading by author Ross Gay at UP on March 18. A buzzing crowd of 300 took in Gay's animated reading style, including a roaring reading of the title poem from Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude that brought the crowd to its feet.

Check back in October 2024 for information about next year's ReadUP selection!

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