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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. Recent visiting writers include Ian McEwan, Teju Cole, Jennifer Egan, David Mitchell, Chang Rae Lee, and Marilynne Robinson. All events are free and open to the public. 

2018 Open Book

The Open Book is a literary series and community read rolled into one. You are welcome to attend all eight nights as a public course or just come out to hear a new favorite author. The 2018 Series will run Mondays and Wednesdays for four weeks: March 26 - April 18, 6 - 7 p.m.

Each Monday will feature host Elise Blackwell (or a guest speaker) discussing that week's book, followed by the author's talk on Wednesday. Author visits conclude with a book-signing reception at 7 p.m. All events will be held in the Campus Room on the first floor of the Capstone Building. Sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, The Open Book is free and open to all.



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



Monday, March 26: Elise Blackwell's talk on The Underground Railroad

Wednesday, March 28: Colson Whitehead's visit

Monday, April 2: Joshua Jelly-Schapiro's talk on King of Cuba

Wednesday, April 4: Cristina García's visit

Monday, April 9: Elise Blackwell's talk on A Constellation of Vital Phenomena

Wednesday, April 11: Anthony Marra's visit

Monday, April 16: Michael Dowdy's talk on Notes on the Assemblage

Wednesday, April 18:  Juan Felipe Herrera's visit

All talks and author appearances run 6-7 p.m., including time for questions, in the Campus Room of the Capstone Building. Author appearances are followed by refreshments and book signing. Seating is first come, first served. All events are free and open to all, including students, faculty, staff, and the wider community.