Common Book News

January 23, 2024

'Memory Wars,' selected as the 2024-25 VCU Common Book

“Memory Wars,” a six-part podcast series that explores how societies confront their difficult histories and sin, has been selected as the 2024-25 VCU Common Book. It is the first podcast selected in the decade-plus history of the Virginia Commonwealth University program, which introduces first-year students to complex social issues through a common text.

A man wearing a black pea coat and a rimmed hat stadning beside a woman in a light brown back and gray shirt. The Richmond skyline is in the background.

October 12, 2023

Common Book Author Encourages VCU Students to Make College a Time of Self-Discovery

College can be a lonely time of change, but instead of feeling overwhelmed, students can make it a launching point for who they will become, author Kristen Radtke told a Virginia Commonwealth University audience on Wednesday.

An author photo os Kristen Radke and the cover art for the 2023 Common Book, Seek You

January 31, 2023

'Seek You' Selected as 2023 Common Book

“Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness,” a graphic nonfiction book by award-winning author Kristen Radtke that documents the “silent epidemic of loneliness” in American society, has been chosen as the 2023 Virginia Commonwealth University Common Book.

An author photo os Kristen Radke and the cover art for the 2023 Common Book, Seek You

October 12, 2022

‘The Organ Thieves’ Author Chip Jones Delivers 2022-23 Common Book Lecture

In writing “The Organ Thieves: The Shocking Story of the First Heart Transplant in the Segregated South,” author and journalist Chip Jones had one goal: To tell the story of how Bruce Tucker was “ensnared in a deadly web of medical research at the old Medical College in Virginia, only to be discarded into the dustbin of history.”

Chip Jones standing at a podium with the V C U logo delivering the 2022-2023 Common Book keynote

January 27, 2022

‘The Organ Thieves’ selected as VCU’s 2022 Common Book

The award-winning book by Pulitzer-nominated journalist Chip Jones examines a long legacy of mistreating African Americans, culminating in efforts to win the heart transplant race in the late 1960s.

Author headshot of Chip Jones on the left; Organ Thieves cover on the right

January 2, 2022

One Book, Many Connections

Read VCU Alumni Magazine feature on the 2021-2022 Common Book, Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore.

Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Book cover