The UW-Madison common reading program, Go Big Read, began in the academic year of 2009-2010. All of the Go Big Read programs have been archived.

The following archive pages contain the book description, the UW-Madison press release, the transcript and video of the keynote address, and book resources.

2023-2024: How Minds Change by David McRaney

2022-2023: How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith

2021-2022: Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

2020-2021: Parkland by Dave Cullen

2019-2020: The Poison Squad by Deborah Blum

2018-2019The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan

2017-2018: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance

2016-2017Evicted by Matthew Desmond

2015-2016: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson

2014-2015I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

2013-2014A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

2012-2013Radioactive by Lauren Redniss

2011-2012Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario

2010-2011The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

2009-2010In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan