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Read This!

The Read This! Community Literacy Program brought to campus Amy Tan, author of its 2014-2015 featured novel, The Joy Luck Club.


Amy Tan, author of The Joy Luck Club, visited the University of Arkansas – Fort Smith in connection with the ReadThis! program sponsored by the College of Languages and Communication. The event, which consisted of a lecture followed by a book-signing, was at 5:30 p.m. March 18 in Stubblefield Center. 

The Joy Luck Club,a National Book Award Finalist published in 1989, was the featured title of the 2014-15 ReadThis! program at UAFS. ReadThis! A Program of Literacy from Campus to Community supports public literacy by promoting reading and discussion in a way that brings together students, faculty and the community. Local schools, clubs, libraries, other organizations, and interested individuals participated in this celebration of reading by picking up The Joy Luck Club and attending free events sponsored by the UAFS ReadThis! Program with the generous support of the UAFS foundation and of Arkansas State Representative Ms. Stephanie Malone.

In previous years, ReadThis! has brought to UAFS Tim O’Brien, a National Book Award Winner and author of The Things they Carried, Temple Grandin, animal expert and autism activist, and Holocaust survivor Eva Kor for speaking engagements at UAFS.

Other ReadThis! events included a Book Launch and Mahjong session in the Latture Conference Center at 2:00 on January 29, a daylong public reading of The Joy Luck Club on March 5 at the fireplace in the Campus Center, and showings of The Joy Luck Club at 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. March 16 in the Reynolds Room. For further information about any of these events, email  


Previous Read This! Selections:

  • The Joy Luck Club, 2014-15
  • The Things They Carried, 2013-14  
  • The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 2012-13
  • The Sunflower, 2011-2012
  • True Grit, 2010-2011


Read about Amy Tan's campus visit.

Read This! is a program of campus and community literacy created in the College of Languages and Communication at the University of Arkansas-Fort Smith.  The purpose of the program is to support national trends in higher education in which students and their communities experience a shared text as a basis for cross-disciplinary communication and conversation. At UA Fort Smith, Read This! will be implemented primarily through the second course in the English Composition sequence, although faculty teaching other courses are encouraged to participate as appropriate.  The project will culminate at the end of each spring semester with various events surrounding the selected text including film studies (as appropriate), lectures, bringing recognized writers and scholars to campus, and hosting diverse celebratory venues connected to the culture of reading and intellectual inquiry.  It is also a goal for Read This! to extend the reach of the university into the community and partner with local schools, civic institutions, and community members to further the mission of sustaining critical reading and inquiry in the Arkansas River Valley.