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August 06, 2018

Dream Country @ St. Kate's

What is a One Read?

A “One Read” is an event where everyone in a particular community reads the same book and comes together to discuss it. Think of it like a giant book club. Often in addition to a shared reading, there are a series of events that give context and relate to the book’s theme.

“People can go for days at a time not talking to anyone outside their immediate family. There are precious few opportunities for people of different ethnic background, economic levels or ages to sit down together and discuss ideas that are important to them this project provides that opportunity.” — Nancy Pearl, Director, Washington Center for the Book

“The idea is that the city that opens the same book closes it in greater harmony.” — Mary McGrory, The Washington Post, March 17, 2002


What book are we reading and where can I get it?

Dream Country by Shannon Gibney

“The heartbreaking story of five generations of young people from a single African-and-American family pursuing an elusive dream of freedom.” (from publisher’s website)

Cover art by Edel Rodriguez

Photo by Kristine Heykants

Access the book in the library, win a copy, or purchase one:


How do I participate?

  • Read the book
  • Come to an event
  • Plan your own event/discussion/response to the book
  • Integrate the book into your course
  • Learn more about the often untold history behind Dream Country, discover readalikes and more on our Dream Country One Read Guide

2018-2019 Event Series

Join us for any of these events, and see what events we've already had.

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Feb 12
12-1pm
Lunchtime Discussion of Dream Country
Led by Louise Edwards-Simpson & Rachel Neiwert, Professors of History
Faculty Study, Library 123

Check back as more events are added or sign up to receive email notifications of the events by emailing Amy Mars (anmars@stkate.edu) or Anne Beschnett (ambeschnett@stkate.edu).


Past Events

Thurs, Nov 15
6-9pm
Noor Al-Qamar: Back to Basics
Ballroom, 3rd Floor CdC

Wednesday, November 7
7-8:30pm
"How Personal, National, and Global Narratives Can Shape Culture, Policy & Power"
A Core Convocation featuring Shannon Gibney, author of Dream Country
Jeanne d'arc Auditorium
St. Catherine University

Tuesday, Nov 6
11:45-1:15pm
Digital Storytelling & the Immigrant/Refugee Experience
Library 128

Friday, Nov 2
12-1:30pm
Remaking Indigenous Music in Ecuador
A Center for Women Bag Lunch Discussion
Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, CdC 230

Monday, Oct 29
4:30-6pm
Voters Wake Up! The Future is Voting
A Cornbread & Chili Night Event
Student Organization Center, 2nd floor CdC

Friday, October 12
12-1:30pm
Braiding Indigenous Feminist Characters in Fiction
Center for Women, CdC 230

Thursday, October 4
7pm
Compassion & the Suffering of God: Myser Lecture with M. Shawn Copeland, PhD
The O'Shaughnessy Auditorium

Wednesday, September 12
6:30-8pm
Book Launch Event
You are cordially invited to the launch of Shannon Gibney's new novel Dream Country. The event will include a reading, discussion, and Q & A. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
St. Catherine University Recital Hall

Friday, September 21
12-1:30pm
Family Matters: A Discussion of Drum Beats, Heart Beats with Author, Maria Nhambu
Abigail Quigley McCarthy Center for Women, CdC 230

Thursday, August 16
1-4pm
Summer Reading Group
Come discuss the book with other St. Kate’s faculty/staff
Faculty Study, Library 123

Thursday, July 19
11:30am-1:30pm
Summer Reading Group
Come discuss the book with other St. Kate’s faculty/staff
Faculty Study, Library 123