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Department of English Language and Literature

Open Book Series

The Open Book, a yearly event, is sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences and hosted by Elise Blackwell. It is a literary series, public course, and community read all in one. Writers who have visited include Ian McEwan, Colson Whitehead, John Banville, Celeste Ng, Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Chang Rae Lee, and Marilynne Robinson. All events are free and open to the public.

Open Book 2020

(L-R) Michael Ondaatje | Ross Gay | Aminatta Forna | Laura van den Berg

Open Book 2020

The 2020 Series will run Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks: March 23 - April 15, 6-7 p.m. in the Campus Room of the Capstone Building. You are welcome to attend all eight nights as a public course or just come out to hear a new favorite author.

Each Monday will feature host Elise Blackwell or a guest speaker discussing that week's book, followed by the author's talk on Wednesday. All talks and author appearances run 6-7 p.m., including time for questions. Author visits conclude with a book-signing reception at 7 p.m.

Seating is first come, first served. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, The Open Book is free and open to all, including students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.



View lists of this year's authors as well as past year's authors.



Monday, March 23: Elise Blackwell’s talk on Warlight

Wednesday, March 25: Elise in conversation with Michael Ondaatje

Monday, March 30: Brian Glavey’s talk on Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude

Wednesday, April 1: Ross Gay visits

Monday, April 6: Jim Barilla’s talk on urban wildlife and Happiness

Wednesday, April 8: Aminatta Forna visits

Monday, April 13: Elise Blackwell’s talk on The Third Hotel

Wednesday, April 15: Laura van den Berg visits

Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.