Read, Speak, Listen
Stories are coming alive with nationally known writers on social issues––Starting Sept 30
Photo by Cassandra Madeline
At two local campuses, stories are coming alive this fall with nationally recognized writers and discussions on social issues.
Professor and novelist Brendan Mathews is coordinating the fall Poetry & Fiction Series at Bard College at Simon’s Rock. On October 5, 2017 his former professor at UVA will speak. DEBORAH EISENBERG won the 2011 PEN/Faulkner Award for her collected short stories—stories Mathews finds wickedly funny, warm, and generous. More info
Poet MONICA YOUN will follow on October 24. Her most recent collection, Blackacre, was a finalist for the National Book Critic Circle Award. COLUM MCCANN, coming November 9, won the National Book Award and the International IMPAC Dublin Prize for Let the Great World Spin. Matthews and his students will read Transatlantic, a more recent novel that begins with a pilot and navigator trying to stay alive. More info
At Williams College (event.williams.edu), the reading series will continue with Whiting award winner, poet and short story writer Leopoldine Core on Oct. 3. Williams Reads, a program to connect the college and community, will present the bestseller Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson, founder of the Equal Justice Initiative. Events will explore the book on September 30, October 5 and 26, November 8 and 28, and February 1.