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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


Due to the coronavirus, Open Book 2020 has been cancelled.


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


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.