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The Common Read Selection Committee is pleased to announce the 2016 – 2017 selection, The Complete Maus, the first graphic novel to win a Pulitzer Prize. 

In Maus Art Spiegelman tells the story of his parents Vladek and Anja, Polish Jews who survived Auschwitz. But the story isn’t just theirs: Spiegelman draws himself as a character in the book as well, as he tries to come to terms with his inherited trauma. Readers will benefit from grappling with this challenging subject matter together through the Common Read.

Listen to The Commons, a podcast for the Common Read, featuring a series of conversations around this year's selection. I the first episode, historian Dan Rogers of the USA History Department as he speaks with host Susan McCready about teaching the Holocaust, the relevance of history, Holocaust denial, and how we know what we know. Episode 2 features Donald Berry, Director of the Gulf Coast Center for Holocaust and Human Rights Education on teaching the Holocaust. In Episode 3, Patrick Shaw of the USA English Department talks about Maus as an innovative memoir. In Episode 4, Kristina Busse discusses Holocaust literature and what it was like to learn about the Holocaust growing up in Germany in the 1970s and 80s.