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 2016 Selection
Outcasts United by Warren St. John
We are pleased to announce “Outcasts United” by Warren St. John, as our summer 2016 ORI book. The book tells the story of Clarkston, Georgia, a southern town that became a center for refugee resettlement, through the lens of a soccer team of refugee boys called "the Fugees." The book explores the difficulties the team and town face as people from a range of ethnic and cultural backgrounds are forced to live and work together. “Outcasts United”, St. John's second book, was published in the U.S. on April 21, 2009, by Spiegel & Grau, and subsequently in the U.K., The Netherlands, Germany, Italy, Japan and China. The book and St. John's 2007 article for the New York Times about the team, "The Fugees: Adjusting to America; Outcasts United," were optioned for a motion picture by Universal Studios.
St. John is also the author of the National Bestseller “Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer: A Road Trip into the Heart of Fan Mania”. “Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer” was named one of Sports Illustrated’s best books of the year in 2004, and ranked number one on The Chronicle of Higher Education's list of the best books ever written about collegiate athletics. "Rammer Jammer Yellow Hammer" was optioned for film in 2009 by the Los Angeles-based production company Half Shell Entertainment.
St. John is an American author and journalist. He has written for the New York Observer, The New Yorker, Wired and Slate, in addition to his work as a reporter for The New York Times. In 2005, St. John coined the term “metrosexual” in a Times piece called “Metrosexuals Come Out”. St. John was born in Birmingham, Alabama, and attended The Altamont School. He attended Columbia University in New York City where he now lives.
We are proud to also announce that Warren St. John will be on campus in the fall of 2016; his visit is scheduled for Wednesday, September 28, 2016. We have already planned for him to visit the Living Writers Series class at 3:00 pm and his main talk will be at 7:00 pm.