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

We’re kicking off this year’s Knox Reads! with two book giveaways. Pick up your free copy of Roger Rosenblatt’s Kayak Morning at:

  • The Farmers’ Market on the Mount Vernon Public Square (Aug. 29, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.)
  • First Friday at Paragraphs Bookstore (Sept. 4, 6:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m.)

Limited copies will also be available at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County

Join the literary conversation by taking part in a book discussion:

  • Sept. 24, 7:00pm at Paragraphs Bookstore
  • Sept. 29, 7:00pm at the Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County
  • All month long 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, First-Knox National Bank, The Peoples Bank, Printing Arts Press, 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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