Each year, a panel of key university representatives compile a list of books for the Chancellor to select from. In result, 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:

Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal by G. Willow Wilson


Kamala Khan is an ordinary girl from Jersey City - until she is suddenly empowered with extraordinary gifts. But who truly is the all-new Ms. Marvel? Teenager? Muslim? Inhuman? Find out as she takes the Marvel Universe by storm! As Kamala discovers the dangers of her newfound powers, she unlocks a secret behind them as well. Is Kamala ready to wield these immense new gifts? Or will the weight of the legacy before her be too much to handle? Kamala has no idea either. But she's comin' for you, New York! It's history in the making from acclaimed writer G. Willow Wilson and beloved artist Adrian Alphona!

Ms. Marvel #1: No Normal


G. Willow Wilson is an author who tackles the most pressing issues including religious intolerance and gender politics. An American convert to Islam, Willow lives in both Egypt and the United States. Her articles, graphic novels, and books reflect her extraordinary cross-cultural experiences with remarkable originality and insight. Wilson is the author of the comic book series, Ms. Marvel, which was called “pitch perfect” by The New York Times and won the Hugo Award for Best Graphic Story. 

G. Willow Wilson

About the event

The Illini Union will host an author lecture presented by G. Willow Wilson, herself. Ms. Wilson will be speaking on campus for a free public lecture on Friday, October 6th at 7pm in the Illini Union ballroom. An informal reception and book signing, including refreshments, will immediately follow the lecture.

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