Books & Coffee 2020

On seven Thursdays of the spring semester, members from various parts of the University review books from the New York Times bestseller list.

The audience — townspeople as well as students, faculty, and staff — is noteworthy for its lively discussion. Students are encouraged to attend to hear stimulating reviews of important works of fiction and nonfiction and to meet an interesting group of people.

The Books and Coffee series, sponsored by the English department, is free and open to the public. All events are held in the Harre Union, from 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.

2020 Books & Coffee Events 


Jan. 9

Book: The Testaments (novel) by Margaret Atwood

Reviewer: Christine Hedlin, The Lilly Fellows Program and Christ College

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C


Jan. 16

No Review


Jan. 23

Book: The Monk of Mokha (biography) by Dave Eggers

Reviewer: Chuck Schaefer, Department of History

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C


Jan. 30

Book: Say Nothing: A True Story of Murder and Memory in Northern Ireland  (nonfiction) by Patrick Radden Keefe

Reviewer: David Western, Christ College

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C


Feb. 6 

Book: Trust Exercise (novel) by Susan Choi

Reviewer: : May Ling, AAPIC President

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C


Feb. 13

Book: Burn the Place (memoir) by Iliana Regan

Reviewer: Tim Tomasik, Department of World Languages and Cultures

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C


Feb. 20

Book: The Education of an Idealist (memoir) by Samantha Power

Reviewers: Anna Bedalov, Isabel Coffey, Jesse Hershberger, and Emily Neuharth, Sigma Tau Delta members

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C


Feb. 27

Book: My Sister, the Serial Killer (novel) by Oyinkan Braithwaite

Reviewer: John Ruff, Department of English

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C