Reading Guide and Other Resources

The College of Charleston selected How the Word is Passed by Clint Smith as the 2022-2023 The College Reads! book selection.  You can utilize the reading guide created for the book during your reading also.  

Author Information

Alternate Book formats

You have the option to receive a copy of How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America by poet and journalist Clint Smith as it is part of the 2022-2023 book selection for The College Reads! Program if you selected it during your orientation registration. 

Alternate format books (e.g., audio, large print, braille) are available as an academic accommodation for students with a qualified learning disability or visual impairment, and The College Reads! is no exception. 

If you received an Individualized Education Program (IEP), a 504 Plan, or a Summary of Performance (SOP) in high school, you may qualify to receive this book in alternate format.  To begin the registration process with the Center for Disability Services, please visit http://disabilityservices.cofc.edu/ or contact us at 843.953.1431 or SNAP@cofc.edu.

If you prefer to read pleasure books in alternate format (e.g., audio), you are encouraged to visit these free and low cost resources where you will find How the Word Is Passed: A Reckoning with the History of Slavery Across America.

Free

  • Your town or county public library might have this as an e-book or audiobook.

Low Cost Options

 

Previous Reading Guides and Resources

2021-2022

The College of Charleston selected The Story of More by Hope Jahren

Author website: https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2111914/hope-jahren/

Author Blog: https://hopejahrensurecanwrite.com/

The interactive reading guide for The Story of More 

2020-2021
The College of Charleston selected The Line Becomes a River by Francisco Cantú.

Author Website:  https://franciscocantu.us/

2019-2020
The College of Charleston selected Rising Out of Hatred by Eli Saslow. 

The interactive reading guide for Rising Out of Hatred. 

Author website:  https://www.elisaslow.com/

2018-2019
The College of Charleston selected The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas.  

The interactive reading guide for The Hate U Give.    

Author website:  http://angiethomas.com/

2017-2018
The College of Charleston selected The Big Thirst by Charles Fishman.

The interactive reading guide for The Big Thirst.

Convocation Projects for The Big Thirst

2016-2017
The College of Charleston selected The True American: Murder and Mercy in Texas by Anand Giridharadas. 

The interactive reading guide for The True American.

TED Talk: A tale of two Americas. And the mini-mart where they collided (19:23)

2015-2016
The College of Charleston selected Freedom Summer: The Savage Season of 1964 That Made Mississippi Burn and Made America a Democracy by Bruce Watson.  

The interactive reading guide for Freedom Summer.

2014-2015
The College of Charleston selected The Good Soldier by David Finkel. 

You can view interactive reading guide for The Good Soldiers.

2013-2014
The College of Charleston selected the graphic novel Fun Home.  

You can view the interactive reading guide for Fun Home.  

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