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Cast Your Vote for FYRE 2019

The First Year Reading Experience Finalists Are Revealed

Salem State's First Year Experience office is excited to announce the First Year Reading Experience (FYRE) finalists for Fall 2019. Established in 2009, FYRE is a common reading program for incoming first-year students. Each student is provided a book free of charge to read over the summer. More than 200 faculty, staff, administrators, and upperclass students lead discussion groups about the book at the beginning of the fall semester. FYE coordinates a series of events throughout the academic year related to the themes in that year's selection.

The finalists for 2019 are:

  • The Book of Unknown Americans by Cristina Henriquez
  • Becoming Nicole: The Transformation of an American Family by Amy Ellis Nutt
  • Chasing Space: An Astronaut’s Story of Grit, Grace, and Second Chances by Leland Melvin

The FYRE program at Salem State University is unique in that all current community members are invited to assist in making the final decision for which book is selected for the fall. Faculty, staff, and students are encouraged to cast their vote by Thursday, February 28.

A special thank you to the FYRE Selection Committee for their hard work over the last six months in narrowing down dozens of exceptional book nominations to these three.

Franklin E Chilaka
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