On the first eight Thursdays of the spring semester, professors from various departments 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.

2018 Books & Coffee Events 

Jan. 18 

Book: The Pigeon Tunnel: Stories From My Life by John Le Carre.

Reviewer: Elizabeth Fredericks, Lilly Fellow and Lecturer in Humanities, Christ College.

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C

Jan. 25

Book: The Underground Railroad  by Colson Whitehead.

Reviewer: Anna Stewart, Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Adjunct Professor of English.

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C

Feb. 1

Book: Hunger: A Memoir of (My) Body  by Roxane Gay.

Reviewer: Ashleigh Elser, Lilly Fellow and Lecturer in Humanities, Christ College.

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C

Feb. 8

Book: Little Fires Everywhere by Celeste Ng.

Reviewer: Carol Goss, Director of the Language Resource Center and Adjunct Instructor in Foreign Languages and Literatures; and Joseph Goss, Assistant Program Director of the Lilly Fellows Program and Adjunct Instructor in the Valpo CORE.

Location: Harre Union, Brown & Gold A & B

Feb. 15

Book:  The Refugees by Viet Thanh Nyugen.

Reviewer: John Ruff, Professor of English.

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C

Feb. 22

Book: Blood in the Water: The Attica Prison Uprising on 1971 and Its Legacy  by Heather Ann Thompson.

Reviewer: Danielle Lavin-Loucks, Associate Professor of Sociology and Criminology.

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C

Mar. 1

Book:  Exit West: A Novel  by Mohsin Hamid.

Reviewer: Greg Stinson, Executive Director of Institutional Effectiveness (IR) and Adjunct Instructor in Sociology and Criminology.

Location: Harre Union, Ballroom C

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