In Pictures: LitFest 2019

Photos by Jiayi Liu and Matai Curzon ’22

Composite of photos of all speakers at LitFest 2019

From left to right: Jamel Brinkley, Brandon Hobson, Rebecca Carroll, Jennifer Acker '00, Jennifer Egan, Cullen Murphy '74, Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert.

Jennifer Egan speaking in Johnson Chapel, LitFest 2019

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan was the keynote speaker. Her discussion was followed by a Q&A session with the audience, as well as a book-signing.

Jen Acker and Jennifer Egan speaking in Johnson Chapel

 

Jennifer Acker '00, founder and editor-in-chief of The Common, Amherst's literary magazine, hosted the conversation with Jennifer Egan.

Posters in a hallway in the Frost Library promoting LitFest 2019

An exhibit on display in Frost Library highlights the rich literary history of Amherst College.

Student poets at the Spoken Word Slam

Daniel Gallant, executive director of the Nuyorican Poets Cafe, hosted aSpoken Word Slam for Amherst students. 

Students and the instructor during a Master Class at LitFest 2019

Author Brandon Hobson, a finalist for the 2018 National Book Award, held a master class for Amherst students. 

Students and the instructor during a Master Class at LitFest 2019

Amherst alumni participated in two career panels during LitFest: “How to Get a Job in Publishing” with Julie Strauss-Gabel ’94, Niko Pfund ’87 and Sunna Juhn ’18, and “Crafting a Career in Journalism” with Diana Owen ’14, Luis Ferre Rangel ’88 and Aleszu Bajak ’06. 

A Master Class with author Jennifer Egan

Amherst students learned from Jennifer Egan duing her master class.

A Conversation with 2018 National Book Awards Finalists Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson

The first night of LitFest featured "National Book Awards on Campus: A Conversation with 2018 Fiction Finalists Jamel Brinkley and Brandon Hobson," hosted by Rebecca Carroll.

Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert speaking in Johnson Chapel

"The Once and Future Planet: Science Journalism in the 21st Century" featured Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert, and was hosted by Cullen Murphy ’74.

Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert speaking in Johnson Chapel

Charles Mann '76 and Elizabeth Kolbert held a book-signing after their conversation in Johnson Chapel.