Héctor Tobar's The Barbarian Nurseries
The Queens Common Reading Committee has selected The Barbarian Nurseries (2011) by Héctor Tobar for the 2016-2017 Common Read program. A critically-acclaimed book, The Barbarian Nurseries was winner of the California Book Award for Fiction and a Los Angeles Times Best Seller. It was named a Best Book of the Year by the New York Times Book Review, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle and Boston Globe.
Héctor Tobar is a Los Angeles born novelist and journalist and for years has been a faculty member in the Queens low-residency MFA Program. For two decades, Tobar worked for the Los Angeles Times as a city reporter, national and foreign correspondent, and columnist. He was also part of the reporting team that won a Pulitzer Prize for coverage of the 1992 L.A. riots. Tobar has also worked as Features Editor at the LA Weekly and as editor of the bilingual San Francisco magazine El Tecolote. He has a Master in Fine Arts in Creative Writing from the University of California Irvine, and studied at UC Santa Cruz and at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México in Mexico City. He is the father of three children and the son of Guatemalan immigrants. Mr. Tobar will be on campus February 20, 2017, for at least two events. Please look for forthcoming details about these events plus activities in preparation for his visit.
Why Have a Common Read Initiative?
This program is one way for Queens to engage our campus community in a shared intellectual experience, inspiring curiosity and conversation. As places of learning, universities are uniquely positioned to provide everyone-faculty, students, and staff-with an opportunity to engage with meaningful texts of our time and provide a space for intellectual discourse. A Common Read can provide a shared language and shared experiences across classes, departments, offices, and other "pockets" of how we live and work on campus.
What's Going on this Year (2016-17)
There are many ways to be involved in 2016-17 Common Read initiative:
- Reading Groups: Faculty, staff, and students are invited to form reading groups
- Class Embedded Activities: Faculty are invited to imagine how The Barbarian Nurseries might fit into their courses in fall or spring term. This could range anywhere from assigning the novel as a course text to designing a class activity that examines one of its central topics.
- University-Wide Experiences:
- Reading for Students: February 20, 2017
- Public Reading: February 20, 2017