SPC Reads Selection for 2019-20 is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood

SPC Reads Born a Crime by Trevor Noah for 2019-2020

The SPC Reads title for 2019-20 is Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah. Copies of the book are available now in print and electronic format through the SPC Library. Stay tuned over the summer to learn more about events and programs coming August 2019 – May 2020!

SPC Guide: http://spcollege.libguides.com/bornacrime

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

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.


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.

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