Living Writers

Living Writers is a master class in how works of literature come to be. The program is free and open to everyone: the only prerequisite is a passion for reading.

Join us this fall as we discuss some extraordinary works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and drama. Feel free to stop in as you please, reading one book, or three, or even all ten.

Living Writers ’23 showcases big names as well as talented young writers. There’s fiction by Emily St. John Mandel, Katie Kitamura, Silas House, Margot Livesey, Melinda Moustakis, Dr. Anna DeForest, and Jocelyn Nicole Johnson, as well as poems by Kevin Young and a memoir by Javier Zamora.

Check our website throughout the summer for:

  • Details about in-person author events
  • Zoom invitations to book discussions and readings
  • Bios, book reviews, podcasts, and more

September 7

Solito CoverJavier Zamora
Javier Zamora

September 14

Sea of TranquilityEmily St. John Mandel
Emily St. John Mandel
Sea of Tranquillity

September 28

StonesKevin Young
Kevin Young


October 5

History of Present Illness

Anna DeForest
A History of Present Illness

October 19

Lark AscendingSilas House

Silas House
Lark Ascending


October 26

What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank CoverMelinda Moustakis

Melinda Moustakis


November 2

My MonticelloJocelyn Nicole Johnson
Jocelyn Nicole Johnson
My Monticello


November 9

IntimaciesKatie Kitamura
Katie Kitamura 


November 16

Flight of Gemma HardyMargot Livesey
Margot Livesey
The Flight of Gemma Hardy

I appreciate that my college is creating this opportunity for me to engage intellectually with prominent writers, along with a Colgate professor and other students of all ages.

Goldie Blumenstyk ’79, senior writer, Chronicle of Higher Education



Colgate Bookstore

All Living Writers books can be purchased online or in person at the Colgate Bookstore. 

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