Common Read

UMass Amherst selects The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas as the 2015 Common Read

The True American

Author and central figure of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas to visit campus September 20th to 24th.

As the academic year kicks off, UMass Amherst will welcome the author of The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas, Anand Giridharadas, and protagonist, Raisuddin Bhuiyan to campus from September 20 to 24. Giridharadas and Bhuiyan will have a full schedule of events with a variety of student groups and student leaders as well as larger events for each first-year residential area of campus and the campus at large. They are both excited to connect and engage with as many students and faculty/staff as possible.

Over the course of their visit, each first-year residential area of campus will have dedicated time to hear from Giridharadas and Bhuiyan, pose questions to the author and protagonist, and engage in further conversation. Giridharadas and Bhuiyan will also be visiting classrooms each day to share their personal stories and engage classes in intimate discussions on a variety of topics from themes in The True American, as well as topics that are of interest to each of them: the writing process, journalism, personal values, and social change. Giridharadas and Bhuiyan will participate in a moderated conversation by Professor Sut Jhally and a book signing that is open to the entire campus and local community on Monday, September 21st.

Hear from students about this year’s Common Read.