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Book One

The Book One Program at Bard College at Simon’s Rock requires new students to read their first book of our General Education program over the summer. The work serves as the basis for reflection, discussion, and writing during Writing & Thinking Workshop and throughout the First Year Seminar course sequence, and the author visits and presents a lecture on campus during the fall semester. Each year, a different book is selected from a list of new and noteworthy publications and the shared experience of reading and  talking about the text helps to shape each class’s unique first academic experiences at Simon's Rock. A copy of Book One will be mailed to each incoming student as they complete the deposit process.

We are proud to announce that the 2014 Book One is Monstress: Stories, written by Lysley Tenorio. The 2014 Book One Lecture will take place on Monday, August 18th at 7:00 PM in the McConnell Theater. The event is open to the campus community and the local community.

Lysley Tenorio's work has appeared in The Atlantic, Zoetrope: All-Story, Ploughshares, Manoa, The Chicago Tribune, the Best New American Voices and Pushcart Prize anthologies, and on NPR. A former Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, he is a recipient of a Whiting Writer’s Award, a National Magazine Award nomination, the Nelson Algren Award, the Edmund White Award, and the Zacharis Award from Ploughshares. He has been awarded fellowships and residencies from the University of Wisconsin, Phillips Exeter Academy, the MacDowell Colony, Yaddo, The Paris Review, and the National Endowment for the Arts. Born in the Philippines, he moved to California when he was seven months old, and went on to earn his B.A. at the University of California Berkeley, and his MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Oregon. He currently lives in San Francisco, and is an Associate Professor of English at Saint Mary’s College of California. Monstress was published in 2012 by Ecco/HarperCollins.