Living Writers #ColgateSummerReads

"There is no Frigate like a Book
To take us Lands away."
 — Emily Dickinson

Join us for a page-by-page reading of two brilliant stories — one fictional, one true.

The Summer Reads are Year of Wonders, a novel about the plague in 17th-century England by Geraldine Brooks (July 9-30), and Black Is the Body: Stories from My Grandmother's Time, My Mother's Time, and Mine by Emily Bernard (August 6-18). You'll be transported — maybe changed forever — by your encounter with these two works that touch on and transcend current events.

Colgate Summer Reads is open to Colgate alumni, parents, faculty, students, and members of the community. It's free and all you need is the book (or books).

There is more than one way to engage.
— Follow us on Twitter @ColgateLW and join the conversation using the hashtag #ColgateSummerReads
— No Twitter? No problem. Each session culminates in an hour-long Zoom conversation open to everyone. A series of short biweekly podcasts feature President Brian W. Casey, Provost Tracey E. Hucks '87, MA'90, various professors, current students, and the authors themselves, all in conversation with professor Jennifer Brice.
— The Colgate Summer Reads webpages have biographies, book reviews, articles, reading schedules, Twitter hashtags, and more.

— Listen to the first podcast with President Brian W. Casey here.

You can purchase Year of WondersBlack Is the Body, or any other Fall 2020 Living Writers title from the Colgate Bookstore. Discounts are available until August 1.

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Thursday, July 30

Virtual Event

Culture, Gender and sexuality, Academics, Arts and Humanities

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Alumni, Discussions, Daily, Webinar/Virtual Event



Free and open to all!

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