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Wellesley College announces Distinguished Writers for fall series

Posted by Evan Allen  September 5, 2012 12:20 PM

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Wellesley College has announced its Fall 2012 Distinguished Writers, and at the top of the list is Nathan Englander, who will read from his award-winning collection “What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank” on Thursday, Sept. 27 at the college.

The series will continue on Oct. 16 with Joy Harjo; Mat Johnson and Tracy Smith will speak on Oct. 30, and Geoff Dyer will speak on Nov. 12.

The series is currently in its fourth year, and is one of Wellesley College’s most popular public programs, according to a press release from the college. It is designed to link reading, writing, conversation and laughter. Writers engage with a moderator and the audience about their works.

“When we’re putting together the series, we look for a good mix of well-established writers and young emerging writers including poets and writers of fiction and non-fiction,” said Carol Dougherty, Professor of Classical Studies at Wellesley College and curator of the series, in the release. “In a way, it’s like putting together a dinner party – the right mix of people creates the most stimulating conversations.”

The series is hosted by The Susan and Donald Newhouse Center for the Humanities at Wellesley College. It is free and open to the public. All readings take place at 4:30 p.m. Parking on campus is free.

Evan Allen can be reached at evan.allen@globe.com

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