We’re excited to announce the Go Big Read book selection for 2012-2013! Chancellor Ward has selected Radioactive: A Tale of Love and Fallout, by Lauren Redniss. This book is a great fit for this year’s theme of innovation. Readers will learn about Marie and Pierre Curie’s lives and scientific discoveries through an unconventional format. The book has been called a “mash-up of love story, graphic novel, and science textbook,” and its illustrations- and glow-in-the-dark cover- are interesting and artistic on their own. Author Lauren Redniss traveled the world to write the book, interviewing atomic bomb survivors, weapons specialists, and the Curies’ own family, among others.
First year students at UW-Madison will receive a free copy of the book, as will students using the book in their classes. Author Redniss will visit campus in October 2012, and we look forward to further discussion and activities centered around this innovative read. Click here for a press release and further information about Radioactive.
We’re excited to bring this book to the UW-Madison campus and community, and hope you’ll join us throughout the next year!