Dear Campus Community,

Who doesn’t love a great summer read?

The Office of Inclusive Excellence, UCI Libraries, and Division of Student Affairs invite all UCI students, faculty and staff to register for free reading links to Kindred by Octavia Butler and Afterlife by Julia Alvarez. The books represent the top two voted selections by UCI members and the links are provided as part of the UCI Great Big Read. The UCI Great Big Read aims at foster engagement and social solidarity during a time when we are practicing physical distancing.

UCI students, staff, and faculty who want to obtain their links should register at: Links will be automatically shared in their registration confirmations. Free reading links were emailed to voters who requested them.

Learn About the Books:

FIRST BOOK: Becoming by Michelle Obama. In a life filled with meaning and accomplishment, Michelle Obama has emerged as one of the most iconic and compelling women of our era. As First Lady of the United States of America—the first African American to serve in that role—she helped create the most welcoming and inclusive White House in history, while also establishing a powerful advocacy for women.

SECOND BOOK: Signs Preceding the End of the World Yuri Herrera explores the crossings and translations people make in their minds and language as they move from one country to another, especially when there’s no going back. Free links to UCI members (provided when you register for UCI GBR or when you RSVP for upcoming events).

For more details, please see information at:


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