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First Year Reading Experience (FYRE)

The cover "The hate U Give" by Angie Thomas

The First Year Experience (FYE) office is pleased to announce that Salem State’s First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) selection for the 2018-2019 academic year is The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas. 

The FYRE program connects new students to the university community through a shared reading experience, welcoming them to a culture that values the thoughtful discussion of ideas.

First-year students will receive the book free of charge at their summer orientation session. On opening day (the day before classes begin in the fall), first-year students meet with faculty, librarians, administrators, staff, and upper-class students for small group conversations about the selected book. Many professors also incorporate the book and its themes into first-year courses and events/speakers are planned throughout the entire academic year.

Past FYRE Selections

  • Bad Feminist (2017)
  • How Does it Feel to Be a Problem? Being Young and Arab in America (2016)
  • Spare Parts (2015)
  • I am Malala (2014)
  • Orange is the New Black: My Year in a Women's Prison (2013)
  • The Leftovers (2012)
  • SuperFreakonomics (2011)
  • Scratch Beginnings: Me, $25, and the Search for the American Dream (2010)
  • Listening is an Act of Love (2009)

To recommend a book to the selection committee, email the title and author to

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