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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 pleased to announce that the 2015 Book One is Geek Sublime: The Beauty of Code, the Code of Beauty by Vikram Chandra. The 2015 Book One Lecture will take place on Sunday, August 16th at 7:00 PM in the McConnell Theater. The event is open to the campus community and the local community.

Vikram Chandra is the author of two novels, Sacred Games (2006) and Red Earth and Pouring Rain (1995), a collection of short stories, Love and Longing in Bombay (1998), and most recently, Geek Sublime. He is also a two-time recipient of the Commonwealth Writers' Prize, the David Higham Prize for Fiction, and the Discovery (Plimpton) Prize from the Paris Review. In 2014, Geek Sublime was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism, an NPR Best Book, and a New York Times Notable Book. Born in Mumbai, he graduated from Pomona College in California with a BA in English and a concentration in creative writing. He attended film school at Columbia University, but dropped out to write. He later earned an MFA in creative writing at the University of Houston. In addition to his three works of fiction, Chandra co-wrote the screenplay for an Indian feature film, Mission Kashmir (2000). In keeping with his transnational storytelling style, Chandra divides his time between California, where he teaches at UC Berkeley, and Mumbai. A computer programmer for almost as long as he has been a novelist, in Geek Sublime, Chandra searches for the connections between the worlds of art and technology. Geek Sublime was published in 2014 by Graywolf Press.