Knox Reads!

Knox Reads! is a community-reading event celebrating the work of one chosen author each fall. Roger Rosenblatt, recipient of the 2015 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, will visit Gambier on October 3rd, 2015 to give the keynote address at the Kenyon Review Literary Festival.

Knox Reads! Schedule of Events

Aug. 29–Oct. 1, 2015

Aug. 29, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m. — Book Giveaway at the Farmers’ Market on the Mount Vernon Public Square. 100 free copies of Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning will be distributed at the market.

Sept. 4, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m. — Book Giveaway at First Friday at Paragraphs Bookstore. 100 free copies of Kayak Morning will be distributed at First Friday. Limited copies will also be available at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.

Sept. 16, 12:00 p.m. — Brown Bag Chat: Up a Creek With a Paddle: Grieving and Memory in Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. Led by Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky, NEH Distinguished Teaching Professor of English at Kenyon College.

Sept. 24, 7:00 p.m. — Book Discussion at Paragraphs Bookstore. Led by Sarah Heidt, Associate Professor of English at Kenyon College.

Sept. 29, 7:00 p.m. — Book Discussion at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County. Led by David Lynn, Editor of the Kenyon Review and Professor of English at Kenyon College.

And join the literary conversation throughout the month of September on the KR blog.

This schedule is subject to change, and we’re adding new events all the time, so please check back for updates!

Praise for Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning

“Reading this book, one moves with the writer’s words across the water in the morning with the tides and the seabirds and the sky, and has the sense that words hold this man’s thoughts the way the kayak holds the man himself, but just barely. His daughter is dead; everything in his life is precarious.”
Washington Post

“One might think a book about loss would be heavy, unwieldy. But like his boat, Rosenblatt maneuvers readers deftly into the emotional depths and back out again, so that the book never becomes overwhelming.”
The Dallas Morning News

“The lyrical nature of the piece…allows Rosenblatt’s masterful writing skills to shine….His words connect in a way that conveys his sadness but also affirms the goodness of life.”
Publishers Weekly

For more information, please email us.


The Kenyon Review would like to thank the following organizations for their support of this community reading project:

Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Ariel Corporation, The Peoples Bank, Mount Vernon News, Ohio Arts Council, Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture Series, Kenyon College English Department, Kenyon College Bookstore, Kenyon Academic Partnership, and Paragraphs Bookstore.

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