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Common Ground invites you to join us in

reading together and supporting activities

for Everybody Reads 2021


Ross Gay's The Book of  Delights

Ross Gay’s The Book of Delights is a collection of short essays written over the course of one year, from one birthday to another. Through these meditations on delight, the author directs our attention to the joys of Botan Rice Candy, a friend’s unabashed use of air quotes, pickup basketball games, and the overwhelming beauty of the natural world. While his writing is filled with joy and light, he also presents a clear-eyed view of the complexities and terrors of the world, including living in America as a Black man and losing loved ones. Says Gay of his year-long experiment, “It didn’t take me long to learn that the discipline or practice of writing these essays occasioned a kind of delight radar . . . Or maybe it was more like the development of a delight muscle. Something that implies that the more you study delight, the more delight there is to study.”

Ross Gay is the author of four books of poetry, and the winner of the 2015 National Book Critics Circle Award and the 2016 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Guggenheim Foundation. He holds an MFA in poetry from Sarah Lawrence College and a Ph.D. from Temple University. He teaches at Indiana University and writes about sports, music, art and other stuff he loves.

See opportunities listed on our Everybody Reads

 link directly below. 

Join us for Everybody Reads

We will have some copies of the book to share at the Church Library and we will be hosting conversations on March 16 (note that our February and March plans have been swapped due to the late arrival of EBR books) in our Reading and Reflection and in early April (date and time TBA) with a special Parent/Young Adult multi-generational conversation. 

Through a shared reading experience, we will discuss issues that matter, learn from each other and promote greater understanding.

Read.                   Discuss and learn.              Be inspired.

   Ross Gay will speak at an online event on

Thursday, April 8, 2021 at 6 pm.  



Blessings, Pastor Linda

A Presbyterian Church (USA) Congregation  

   Colonial Heights Presbyterian Church 


Last updated  02/05/2021




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