Oswego Reading Initiative

The Oswego Reading Initiative is an annual project asking the campus community to read one book over the summer. To accompany the selection, a series of programs, including cultural events and talks are planned to facilitate discussion and involvement around the title. 

ORI 2015 Selection - We Are Completely Beside Ourself by Karen Joy Fowler

The story, as the protagonist, Rosemary Cooke says, starts in the middle. The story's twenty-two-year-old narrator comes from what seems to be an ordinary enough 1970's Midwestern family with a father who is a psychology professor.  Rosemary, though, is haunted by the disappearance of her brother and, years earlier, her sister (who was adopted under most unusual circumstances).

The story touches on so many issues that are current and will surely be topics of discussion on our campus next year; grief, love, ethics, and scientific experimentations involving humans and primates with many disciplines being able to participate.


Karen Joy Fowler, the author of our ORI 2015 book, is the author of three story collections and five other novels.  Karen's other works include The Jane Austen Book Club, which was on theNew York Times bestsellers list for thirteen weeks.  Her novel Sister Noon was also a finalist for the PEN/Faulkner Award, and most of her titles have been New York Times Notable Books.  Born and raised in Bloomington, Indiana, she holds an undergraduate degree from the University of California, Berkeley and earned her MA from the University of California, Davis.  She lived for many years in Davis, California, and now lives in Santa Cruz.

We are proud to also announce that Karen Joy Fowler will be on campus in the fall of 2015; her visit is scheduled for Wednesday, September 30, 2015. We have already planned for her to visit the Living Writers Series class at 3:00 p.m. and her main talk will be at 7:00 p.m.