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College Hosts Renowned Author for Book-In-Common

College Hosts Renowned Author for Book-In-Common

October 3, 2006 - Collin County Community College (District) has reeled in a "Big Fish" for its first Book-in-Common initiative.

"Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions" by Daniel Wallace was selected as the inaugural book for the program, which is intended to support the college's goal of "fostering a scholarly community" by encouraging students to read a common book. Wallace is best known for "Big Fish," which was adapted into a film directed by Tim Burton. He also is the author of "Ray in Reverse" and "The Watermelon King."

Free Public Events

Wednesday, Oct. 11
The Book-in-Common program, free and open to the public, will begin at 7 p.m. when the college will host a screening of "Big Fish" at the Angelika Film Center at The Shops at Legacy, 7205 Bishop Road in Plano.

Monday, Oct. 16
The Honors Institute will host a roundtable discussion titled "Baiting the Hook" at 1 p.m. at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center, 2800 E. Spring Creek Parkway in Plano.

Tuesday, Oct. 17
Wallace will visit with students from 2:30-3:30 p.m. in the conference center, hosted by the Honors Institute. Wallace will give a lecture at 7 p.m. in the conference center and field questions from attendees. He will also sign books.

Thursday, Nov. 9
The Book-in-Common program culminates from 2-3 p.m. with "Catch & Release: Reflections on 'Big Fish'" at the Spring Creek Campus Conference Center. This discussion will revolve around Wallace's visit, the book and film.

For more information about the Book-in-Common events, contact Betty Bettacchi at 972.881.5730, Delores Zumwalt at 972.881.5954 or Lauryn Angel-Cann at 972.377.1514.

Collin's Book-in-Common is a collaborative project created by the Center for Scholarly & Civic Engagement, the Communications and Humanities Division and the Honors Institute.

Collin County Community College District (Collin) serves more than 41,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs. The only public college in the county, Collin is a partner to business, government and industry, providing customized training and work force development.