Memphis Reads selects one book annually to be read by the Memphis community at large. This month-long community read consists of discussions, interviews with the author, and related arts events, all of which are free and open to the public. Memphis Reads culminates in a series of live presentations by the author of the book at the conclusion of the month. 




Memphis Reads is an outgrowth of the “Fresh Reads” program at Christian Brothers University. This program has been part of the "First Year Experience" since 2011, wherein all incoming freshmen participate in the reading of a selected book and hold discussions and other events throughout the school year. In 2014, CBU teamed up with other local partners, including Memphis Public Library, Rhodes College, Facing History and Ourselves (among others) to expand the program and invite citizens of the city to hold discussion groups and join in the reading the selected book. Below is a list of featured authors: 

2019 | Memphis: 200 Years TogetherEdited by Karen Golightly & Jonathon Judaken
2018 | Colson WhiteheadThe Underground Railroad
2017 | Markus ZusakThe Book Thief
2016 | Jesmyn WardSalvage the Bones
2015 | Dave Eggers What is the What
2014 | Dinaw MengestuThe Beautiful Things that Heaven Bears



Dr. Karen Golightly
Associate Professor of Literature & Language, Christian Brothers University
Director, Memphis Reads