Each year, a panel of key university representatives compiles a list of books for the Chancellor to select from and the university community subsequently turns into a giant book club. Programs and curriculum are built around the selection, lectures are held and discussion groups ignite exciting dialogue.

Current Selection:

If You Feel Too Much: Thoughts on Things Found and Lost and Hoped For by Jamie Tworkowski

To explore the issues and themes brought up in If You Feel Too Much, click for the University Library Guide

about the book

If You Feel Too Much is a collection of personal stories from the author that focus on the inner struggles that we face in our lives: loss, despair, and pain. The narratives shared in the novel intend to encourage the audience to ask for help when they need it, not to be ashamed to reach out, and realize that there is hope for everyone to live a happy life. In light of the current state of the world, these lessons couldn't be more timely. 

If You Feel Too Much Book Cover

about the author

jamie tworkowski

In 2006, Jamie Tworkowski wrote "To Write Love On Her Arms," a short story about his friend who was struggling with addiction, depression, and self-harming. The narrative struck a chord with audiences due to its important subject matter and the piece's beauty. In no time, it went viral. That March, he founded the non-profit group of the same name, dedicated to helping those who suffer from the same afflictions. The organization was named "Must-Follow Non-Profit" by Mashable and also was awarded one million from the American Giving Awards. 

Mr. Tworkowski has been featured on NBC Nightly News, CNN, MTV, and by Spin Magazine. To Write Love On Her Arms has the largest non-profit online presence on Facebook and MySpace and has donated more than one million to treatment and recovery organizations. 

Mr. Tworkowski will be speaking at the Illini Union on Thursday, November 3 at 7pm in the I-Rooms. The lecture is free and open to the public. A reception and book signing will immediately follow the event. 

Jamie Tworkowski

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