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College Novel

Celebrating our 25th Year of the College Novel!

The Invention of Wings

Through the use of a college-wide novel, we unite the SCCC community in an effort to encourage reading as life long source of pleasure and learning. Each year faculty, students, and staff select a novel that will best suit.  This year is the 25th anniversary of the College Novel at Sussex County Community College!

Dr. Eleanor Carducci, Professor of English at SCCC, began the College novel tradition in 1993. The current college novel coordinator, Dr. Mary Thompson, annually asks the faculty and staff at SCCC to nominate novels and then holds a meeting for people to advocate for their nominations. At the end of the meeting, the group narrows the field to two options and a student vote determines which novel will become the College Novel for the new academic year.

The college novel for the 2017-2018 academic year is Sue Monk Kidd’s The Invention of Wings. Members of the College Community are invited to read the novel and join in the activities, discussions, and lectures related to the novel. Many faculty members will use the novel in class. The goal of the college novel is to create a reading community and encourage reading for pleasure, critical thinking, global awareness, and multicultural understanding.

Workshops, colloquies, lectures (inside and outside the classroom) support this activity. Look for dates and times of the lectures that will be held during College Hour (10:50 am-12:05 pm).