Community program

Meet New People Through SBU’s One Book, One Community Program |

Stony Brook’s annual “One Book, One Community” program is a fun and innovative way to unite the university and neighboring communities through shared reading and conversation.

Through the program, readers will receive a free copy of a book (on a first come, first served basis) that explores important cultural, social and ethical issues.

A 2021 book

The book selected for 2021 reading is Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu. This New York Times bestseller and 2020 National Book Award winner explores race, pop culture, immigration, and identity with heart, anger and dazzling mind. Yu brilliantly mixes script and novel by spotlighting a Chinese-American actor in search of respect, love and professional success in the face of pop culture stereotypes and broader social prejudices.

Author Charles Yu
Author Charles Yu

Program participants can choose from a variety of free events related to the themes of the selected reading – a great way to meet people of different ages, backgrounds and experiences, to learn from each other and to learn from each other. promote dialogue around the values ​​and objectives of the community.

All events are free and open to the public.

Community and campus partners include the Emma S. Clark Memorial Library in Setauket, the Paul W. Zuccaire Gallery, the Charles B. Wang Center, the Office of Global Affairs, and the China Center.

For more information and a full schedule of events, visit

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