Living Writers: Summer Reads 2020

This summer, join the Colgate community in a virtual reading group for two thrilling and timely books. Read a few pages a day and join or follow a discussion on Twitter #ColgateSummerReads.

Year of Wonders Book Cover

July 9–30

Year of Wonders

Geraldine Brooks

Year of Wonders virtual reading group

Black is the Body Book Cover

August 6–18

Black Is the Body

Emily Bernard

Black Is the Body virtual reading group

How to Participate

Feeling cooped up? Hungry for human contact? Here’s how to participate.

Buy the book. Read a few pages a day. Respond (or not) to daily Twitter posts. Listen to short podcasts. Check out reviews and other resources about the books and authors.

Also consider signing up for email notifications about new resources and content throughout the summer:

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Enhance Your Reading Experience 

Throughout the summer, listen to podcast conversations about the readings with Colgate faculty and students, President Brian W. Casey and Provost and Dean of the Faculty Tracey E. Hucks, as well as authors Geraldine Brooks and Emily Bernard.

Podcasts, daily reading schedules, supplementary articles, reviews, and recommended reading lists can be found on the Year of Wonders and Black Is the Body pages.

Those who like a jolly good yarn are welcome and worthy readers.

Iris Murdoch

Continue your reading this fall with the annual Living Writers program, featuring the work of nine authors through the fall semester:

  • Geraldine Brooks, Year of Wonders, Sept. 10
  • Emily Bernard, Black Is the Body, Sept. 17
  • Greg Bottoms, Lowest White Boy, Sept. 24
  • David Sedaris, Calypso, Oct 8
  • Ilya Kaminsky, Deaf Republic, Oct. 22
  • Yaa Gyasi, Transcendent Kingdom, Oct. 29
  • Maisy Card, These Ghosts Are Family, Nov. 5
  • Charles Yu, Interior Chinatown, Nov. 12
  • Etgar Keret, Suddenly, a Knock on the Door, Nov. 19

More about the fall 2020 program

Join the conversation on Twitter.