Columbus State Library: Cougar Campus Read: Welcome

A deeper dive into the book we're reading.
Join us in a student-led discussion and live author event for the graphic novel The Magic Fish, by Trung Le Nguyen.
Register for a discussion on Cougar Connect to receive a free copy of the book!

Visit CougarConnect for more details and to register:

All events are free and open to all Columbus State Community Members. Please don't hesitate to reach out to the Library with any questions!

What is the Magic Fish About?

The Magic Fish is an award-winning graphic novel that focuses on Tien, a teenager who struggles with finding the right words to tell his Vietnamese immigrant parents that he’s gay. The fairy tales Tien reads with his mother embody the power of stories to create connection, empathy, and growth.

Read this review from the Asian/Pacific American Libraries Association for further details.

Magic Fish book cover

How do I Participate?

The library will give you a free copy of the print or the Kindle ebook version of the Magic Fish to keep! You can also pick up a goodie bag with a fun take and make craft at either the Columbus or Delaware campus libraries.

Quantities of the book are limited, and are first come first served. Once copies run out we will do our best to ensure every interested student has a copy of the book through the Columbus State library or one of our library partners.

Register for either the in-person or the virtual book group by heading over to the Cougar Connect event page and letting us know which book format you require. Once we receive your registration and desired book format the library will email you with instructions on your book pickup. 

We look forward to hearing from you and getting your thoughts on the book!

The in-person discussion will begin at 2:00 p.m. on March 28, 2023 in the Multimedia Studio in the library (Columbus Hall). Light refreshments will be served just prior to the discussion beginning at 1:30 p.m. Please read the book before the meeting and be prepared to discuss the book.

The virtual discussion through Zoom will be on March 29, 2023 at 2:00 p.m. Please read the book before the meeting and be prepared to discuss the book.

The highlight of the week will be a virtual author talk by Trung Le Nguyen on Thursday, March 30th from 3:30 - 4:30 p.m.!

Trung Le Nguyen

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