2017 First Year Read

April 3, 2017  |  News

HomegoingEach summer, all incoming first-year students at Hood participate in our First-Year Read program. Every freshman student is provided with a digital copy of a common book, selected by the Hood College community, to be read on the iPads that they will receive over the summer. Then, the book is discussed in small groups during Orientation and in the students’ first-year seminars during the first week of fall classes. The author of each year’s selected book then visits campus in October for a day of lectures, Q&A sessions, and a book signing. The book selected for this year’s First-Year Read is “Homegoing” by Yaa Gyasi, a New York Times bestselling novel that chronicles the story of a family separated by circumstances: in the eighteenth century, Ghanian Esi is sold into slavery while her half-sister, Effia, is married to an English slaver. The novel follows each of the sisters and their descendants through seven generations, and it has won a wide variety of awards over the past year, including being named one of TIME’s top 10 books of 2016. We are incredibly excited for the discussion that this book will bring to our campus as well as the opportunity to hear from Gyasi herself during her campus visit in mid-October. Gyasi was just 26 years old when Homegoing, her debut novel, was completed, and she will be a wonderful resource and inspiration for our students.