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Living Writers Online

A self-paced literary learning experience, free and open to everyone.

Fall 2017

The fall 2017 Living Writers lineup included three Pulitzer Prize winners of fiction, nonfiction, and poetry. Your level of participation is up to you.

September 14

Elizabeth Kolbert Elizabeth Kolbert, The Sixth Extinction
Elizabeth Kolbert
The Sixth Extinction

September 21

Alice Sebold Alice Sebold, Lucky
Alice Sebold

September 28

Tony Tulathimutte Tony Tulathimutte, Private Citizens
Tony Tulathimutte
Private Citizens

October 5

Hilton Als Hilton Als, White Girls
Hilton Als
White Girls

October 19

Robert Haas Robert Haas, Time and Materials
Robert Hass
Time and Materials

October 26

Alan Lightman Alan Lightman, The Accidental Universe
Alan Lightman
The Accidental Universe

November 2

Ben Lerner Ben Lerner, 10:04
Ben Lerner

November 9

Stephanie Powell Watts Stephanie Powell Watts, No One is Coming to Save Us
Stephanie Powell Watts
No One is Coming to Save Us

November 16

John Freeman John Freeman, Freemans Magazine
John Freeman
Freeman’s magazine

November 30

Lauren Groff Lauren Groff, Fates and Furies
Lauren Groff
Fates and Furies

December 7

Achy Obejas Achy Obejas, The Tower of the Antilles
Achy Obejas
The Tower of the Antilles

The Experience

English professor Jennifer Brice and faculty colleagues lead explorations into the work of 10 exciting writers.

Read one book, or all ten. Take part in one discussion, in all activities — or anywhere in between.
  • Videos and podcasts of Colgate professors talking about the books
  • Online book discussions with other LWO participants
  • Selected reading list of reviews, interviews, and articles
  • Thursday-afternoon author events on campus (open to the public) and via Livestream
  • Live events will be archived online
If you like to escape into a good novel, check out Lauren Groff’s Fates and Furies or Tony Tulathimutte’s Private Citizens. Did you love The Great Gatsby back in the day? Try Stephanie Powell Watts’s 21st-century take, No One Is Coming To Save Us. Ben Lerner’s fabulous 10:04 was the pick of Colgate’s new president, Brian W. Casey.

Are you a fan of books that change how you look at the world? In that case, we recommend Elizabeth Kolbert’s The Sixth Extinction, Alan Lightman’s The Accidental Universe, and Hilton Als’s White Girls.

What else? We’ve got a #1 bestseller by Alice Sebold, whimsical stories by Cuban writer Achy Obejas, and a Pulitzer Prize-winning collection of poems by Robert Hass.

Joining us for a special event on November 16 will be John Freeman, editor of Freeman’s magazine.

This online intellectual program is an outgrowth of the popular Living Writers course, created by English professor Frederick Busch back in 1981, and continued by Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice.

Ready to sign up? Click the Register button at the top of this page. To order books visit and receive a free tote bag with your order.



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