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Colgate Reads

About 2,150 people participated in this inaugural reading initiative that sparked conversation on campus, in the local community, and beyond.

A Shared Experience

Colgate Reads was intended to foster conversation about great literature, and it succeeded. An online forum supported by the program's founders, English professors Jane Pinchin and Jennifer Brice, served as the perfect setting for students, professors, alumni, staff members, townspeople, and friends to discuss George Saunders's short story, "Tenth of December."

On September 10, Saunders visited campus and read at Memorial Chapel, which was nearly filled to capacity. He also took part in a live webcast that drew nearly 100 online participants who were able to pose questions directly to the author.

Author George Saunders

George Saunders

Recently named one of the 100 most influential people in the world by Time magazine, Saunders is a bestselling writer of short stories, novellas, essays, and children's books.

His writing has appeared in Harper's, The New Yorker, and GQ. He was named a MacArthur fellow in 2006.

Why Colgate Reads?

Colgate has a rich tradition of literary excellence as reflected in its curriculum, in the range of authors who visit campus as part of the Living Writers program, and in the intellectual engagement offered to alumni and parents through Living Writers Online.

Colgate Reads looked to expand this tradition by enlisting 2,013 participants. Why 2,013? Because the year 2013 is special to everyone at Colgate due to our quirky connection with the No. 13. As it turns out, about 2,150 people took part, exceeding expectations.

Tenth of December

Tenth of December Colgate Reads focused on the title story of Saunders's short story collection, which The New York Times called "the best book you'll read this year."

Read it here or download this PDF. Contact the Colgate Bookstore to order the collection.