Graduation Addresses from Great Authors

We at the Library think of June as the start to Summer Reading, but it also signals a different kind of commencement: graduation season! You may not recall the words of wisdom offered at your own ceremony, but some speeches become so popular that they are later published as small books.

Try one of these titles for wit and inspiration, and, since most are less than 150 pages each, your choice can help you meet one of the Adult Summer Reading Challenge goals!

Make Good Art Speech book coverThe Make Good Art Speech
Neil Gaiman
80 pages

World Is Waiting for You book coverThe World Is Waiting for You: Graduation Speeches to Live By from Activists, Writers, and Visionaries
Toni Morrison, Barbara Kingsolver, Ursula Le Guin,
Anna Quindlen, and more!
208 pages


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