UC Davis established a Campus Community Book Project in 2002. Each year they select one book around which events, discussions and projects are focused for the campus community.
"With the tie-in to the variety of cultural celebrations held on campus every spring, the book project — which began as a means of promoting campus dialogue on diversity in the wake of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — adds an exciting new dimension to the project in its 10th year."
- 2011-12 — "The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian,” by Sherman Alexi, award-winning, semi-autobiographical novel — "The organizer also announced a change in the book project’s timeline. In a break from tradition, the author’s visit will not be in December. Instead, Alexie is scheduled to visit and give a talk in April 2012, coinciding with UCD’s annual Powwow and Native American Culture Days. And book project programming will be spread throughout the academic year, instead of being concentrated in the fall." Davis Enterprise
- 2007-08 — "The Devil's Highway: A True Story", by Luis Alberto Urrea
- 2006-07 — "Omnivore's Dilemma", by Michael Pollan
- 2005-06 — "The Kite Runner," by Khaled Hosseini
- 2004-05 — "Twilight: Los Angeles 1992," by Anna Deavere Smith
- 2003-04 — "Gandhi's Way: A Handbook of Conflict Resolution," by Mark Juergensmeyer
- 2002-03 — "The Spirit Catches You and You Fall Down," by Anne Fadiman