A LitFest Sampler

Five Amherst College students read the opening of books by Susan Choi, Laila Lalami, Karen Skolfield, Jesmyn Ward and Ben Rhodes.

Full LitFest schedule

Izzy Myers ’20 Reads Susan Choi

English major Izzy Meyers ’20, an intern with the The Common magazine, reads the opening paragraph of Susan Choi’s novel Trust Exercise.

2/28/2020: A Conversation with 2019 National Book Award Winner Susan Choi and Finalist Laila Lalami. 7:30 – 9 p.m.; Johnson Chapel

Laura Carty ’20 Reads Laila Lalami

Sociology major Laura Carty ’20 reads the opening paragraph of by Laila Lalami, a 2019 National Book Award fiction finalist.

2/28/2020: A Conversation with 2019 National Book Award Winner Susan Choi and Finalist Laila Lalami. 7:30 – 9 p.m.; Johnson Chapel

Jordan Reads Karen Skolfield

Jordan Brice ’22, a double history and art major, reads from Battle Dress, poems by Karen Skofield, poet laureate of Northampton, MA.

2/29/2020. Poets of Amherst: A Conversation with Karen Skolfield. 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. ; Frost Library, CHI.

Sofia Belimova ‘22 Reads Jesmyn Ward

The Common intern and English major Sofia Belimova ’22 reads the opening paragraph of Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward, two-time National Book Award for Fiction.

2/29/2020: An Afternoon with Jesmyn Ward. 4 – 5:30 p.m.; Johnson Chapel

Olivia Gieger ’21 Reads Ben Rhodes

Olivia Gieger ’21, an English and environmental studies major and the current editor-in-chief of The Amherst Student newspaper, reads from Ben Rhodes’ The World As It Is, a memoir of his time serving in the Obama White House.

3/1/2020: Writing the White House: An Insider's Account. 1 – 2:30 p.m.; Johnson Chapel