The UCSB Library has chosen “Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption,” by Bryan Stevenson as their UCSB Reads book for 2016. The book includes compelling accounts of defenses Stevenson made on behalf of poor and minority defendants who were victims of an unjust legal system. The book has received numerous honors, including the 2015 Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Nonfiction, the 2015 Dayton Literary Peace Prize for Nonfiction and the NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Work of Literary Nonfiction.
An annual event now in its tenth year, UCSB Reads engages the campus and the Santa Barbara community in conversations about a key topic while reading the same book. UCSB Reads is presented by the UCSB Library, in partnership with the Office of the Executive Vice Chancellor. A committee that included faculty and staff members, administrators and student representatives made this year’s selection.