Writers Reading

The Geisler Library Writers Reading Series was established in 1987 to promote an appreciation of books and their authors. The series features locally, nationally and internationally known writers reading and discussing their fiction and/or nonfiction works.

Past guests have included such writers as Maxine Kumin, Sabina Murray, Ethan Canin, Marilynne Robinson, Ted Kooser, Robert Dana, Jane Hirshfield, Patricia Hampl, Richard Powers, James Alan McPherson, Terry Tempest Williams, Kay Ryan and Naomi Shahib Nye as well as Central College faculty and students.

Readings are free and open to the public. Please join us!

For information about Writers Reading, please contact Mary Anderson, at Geisler Library, at 641-628-5220.

2018-19 Series

September 12, 2018 – Jennine Capó Crucet

7:30 pm, Cox-Snow Recital Hall
Author of this year’s Common Read selection, Jennine Capó Crucet will read and discuss her work. Her novel Make Your Home Among Strangers was the winner of the International Latino Book Award for Best Latino-Themed Fiction. A PEN/O. Henry Prize winner and Brew, Crucet was raised in Miami and is currently associate professor of English and Ethnic Studies at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

October 13, 2018 – Joshua Doležal

7:30 pm, Upper Chapel

Central College Professor of English Joshua Doležal will debut new nonfiction and an excerpt of a novel in progress. Part of the Central College faculty since 2005, Dr. Doležal’s essays and poems have appeared in many literary journals, including The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah and Fourth Genre. He is also the author of a memoir, “Down from the Mountaintop: From Belief to Belonging,” published by the University of Iowa Press.