onebookoneharperHarper College, located in northwest Chicagoland, is a community college serving 40,000 students.

Since the 2011-2012 school year, Harper College has a selected a title as part of their “One Book, One Harper” community read. (A community read is where a local library sponsors a community-wide book club featuring one title which is read and discussed locally. The first occurred in Seattle in 1998.)

Past One Book One Harper selections include:

  • 2011-2012 The Ballad of Trenchmouth Taggart by M. Glenn Taylor
  • 2012-2013 The Help by Kathryn Stockett
  • 2013-2014 The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot
  • 2014-2015 The Greatest Generation by Tom Brokaw

For this academic year, the college has selected four books, all graphic novels!

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Clan Apis – Jay Hosler

Call Number: GRAPHIC PN6727.H5945 C55 2007
ISBN: 9780967725505
Publication Date: 2000-01-01
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Ms. Marvel – No Normal – G. Willow Wilson; Adrian Alphona (Artist);  Jacob Wyatt (Artist)

Call Number: GRAPHIC PN6728.M766 W55 V.1
ICover ArtSBN: 9780785190219
Publication Date: 2014-10-28

The Hospital Suite – John Porcellino (Illustrator)

Call Number: GRAPHIC PN6727.P667 Z46 2014
ISBN: 9781770461642
Publication Date: 2014-09-23
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March – John Lewis; Andrew Aydin; Nate Powell (Artist)

Call Number: GRAPHIC E840.8.L43 A3 2013
ISBN: 9781603093002
Publication Date: 2013-08-13

Harper College also offers a list of classroom resources for educators.

WOW! These are some great titles, representing a wide range of topics and stories.  Throughout the year, Harper will host various events in conjunction with the One Book One Harper. Here’s hoping the publishers and creators will be able to visit! And here’s hoping more libraries, both academic and private, will discuss graphic novels!

Here’s the PR:

One Book, One Harper embraces graphic novels

July 17, 2015

One Book, One HarperOne Book, One Harper won’t exactly live up to its name this time around.

For its fifth installment, the annual reading initiative will feature not one, but fourselections from the graphic novel arena. One Book, One Harper encourages the community to read the same book and take part in a variety of related academic, cultural and social activities throughout the year.

The well-written, multi-thematic novels include “Clan Apis” by Jay Hosler, “Ms. Marvel, Volume 1: No Normal,” by G. Willow Wilson with Adrian Alphone, “The Hospital Suite” by John Porcellino and “March, A Graphic Novel Trilogy” by John Lewis, Andrew Aydin and Nate Powell.

“Graphic novels are extremely popular, and not just with students,” said Christine Kuffel, an instructor in Harper’s Resources for Learning/Library Services division. “Whereas some previous One Book, One Harper selections have been text-heavy and rather serious in nature, these books are visually entertaining, quick reads and engaging in a different way.”

According to Associate Professor Brian Cremins, a comics expert, graphic novels are an American art form that can trace its origins to newspaper comic strips and those flimsy comic book pamphlets first produced by Eastern Color Printing in the 1930s. Harper’s four selections are a far cry from those humble beginnings, tackling a range of topics such as environmentalism, civil rights, mental health and superheroes.

Throughout the upcoming academic year, Harper will hold a series of One Book, One Harper events related to the novels. A schedule will be released later this summer at