One Book, One New Paltz: Join a community read of Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun”

The Benjamin Center at SUNY New Paltz has announced that the 2023 One Book, One New Paltz tradition community read will be Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Klara and the Sun, a sci-fi journey of loneliness and sacrifice. 

This will be the final year of the One Book, One New Paltz tradition after a successful 18-year run.  

The 2021 novel by Ishiguro, a Nobel Prize laureate, documents the experiences of Klara, an android designed to provide companionship for socially-isolated children of high-ranking officials. Through an endearing, albeit robotic, protagonist, “Klara and the Sun” asks us to reflect on the nature of friendship, loneliness, the costs — and benefits — of technology, the power of love, and what it means to be human.    

The community read of this book will include a series of public events from Oct. 29-Nov. 4, designed to help provide context and facilitate dialogue. The full schedule of events are available here 

If you have accessibility questions or require accommodations to fully participate in this event, contact the Benjamin Center Director of Education Projects Robin Jacobowitz at or 845-257-3228.