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 All of the Go Big Read programs have been archived.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.
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
2018-2019: The Death and Life of the Great Lakes by Dan Egan
2017-2018: Hillbilly Elegy by J.D. Vance
2016-2017: Evicted by Matthew Desmond
2015-2016: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson
2014-2015: I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
2013-2014: A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki
2012-2013: Radioactive by Lauren Redniss
2011-2012: Enrique’s Journey by Sonia Nazario
2010-2011: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
2009-2010: In Defense of Food by Michael Pollan