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SPC Reads Book Club Sparks Conversation

A photo of comedian and author Trevor Noah beside his book, "Trevor Noah: Born a Crime, Stories from a South African Childhood."

St. Petersburg College hosted the first SPC Reads Book Club meeting for the Fall 2019 term on Oct. 3, 2019. The book this year is “Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood” by Trevor Noah. Book Club Co-Chairs, Associate Provost Dr. Jennifer Dale and Student Life and Leadership Coordinator Anjum Perfetti, held an engaging discussion on the first few chapters of the book with SPC faculty, staff and students on SPC’s Clearwater Campus.

During this discussion, students shared their experiences attending the Trevor Noah comedy show that occurred a few weeks prior, which was an event sponsored by the SPC Library and SPC’s Student Government Associations college-wide. With this support and sponsorship, 42 students and a few SPC employees enjoyed seeing Trevor Noah on his “Loud & Clear Tour 2019” in Orlando. Students bussed over to enjoy a night of fun and laughter, with the hopes of better connecting these students to Trevor Noah and sparking an interest in the book, if they had not already read it. 

What is SPC Reads?

Each year, SPC students, faculty and staff vote for a common reading selection that is celebrated college-wide. The book is intended to reach across many of the College’s curricula and is incorporated into assignments in many courses, including as required reading selections, critical analysis projects, art projects and more. Furthermore, this common reading program across the college community promotes discourse and learning beyond the classroom.

The SPC Reads selection was decided by an all-college vote from students, faculty and staff. The five finalists were chosen from a selection of 20 book titles nominated by SPC faculty. The SPC Reads Nomination Committee members voted for their top five choices based on reviews, programming options and course integration ideas.


The next SPC Reads Book Club meeting will be held on November 21t, location: TBA. If you have questions, please contact Kari Morrel at (727) 398-8255 or Paula Knipp at (727) 712-5240. To see the previous SPC Reads selection, ‘The Hate U Give,’ click here.

For more information about the fall SPC Reads Book Club, please contact:

About the Book

Trevor Noah’s Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood is a funny, honest collection that details the popular comedian’s coming of age in South Africa as apartheid ended. The son of a black mother and a white father, Noah regularly had to acclimate to a variety of fraught situations, forcing him to think critically about race and the country’s legacy of racism and colonialism. Throughout these experiences, Noah remained anchored by his mother, Patricia, whose aspirations for her son guaranteed that he would be able to rise above his meager beginnings. Ultimately, Noah’s text is a thoughtful account of what it means to forge one’s complex identity in a country that is grappling with its own attempts to come to terms with its legacy of injustice. Born A Crime is an important update and addendum to classic literary texts about apartheid, offering a relatable, contemporary perspective to readers.” – Penguin Random House

Copies of the book are available now in print and electronic format through the SPC Library. Stay tuned to learn more about upcoming events and programs!