Knox Reads!

Knox Reads! is a community-reading event celebrating the work of one chosen author each fall. Colm Tóibín, recipient of the 2017 Kenyon Review Award for Literary Achievement, will visit Gambier on November 11th, 2017 to give the keynote address at the Kenyon Review Literary Festival.

Knox Reads! Schedule of Events

Sept. 30–Nov. 9, 2017

We’re kicking off this year’s Knox Reads! with three book giveaways. Pick up your free copy of Colm Tóibín’s novel, Brooklyn, (while supplies last) at:

  • The Farmers’s Market on the Mount Vernon Public Square: Sept. 30, 9:00 a.m.–11:00 a.m.
  • The Kenyon College Bookstore: Oct. 2, 12:00 p.m.
  • First Friday at Paragraphs Bookstore: Oct. 6, 6:00-9:00 p.m.

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

  • Oct. 11, 12:00 p.m. — Brown Bag Chat. Join Kim McMullen, John Crowe Ransom Professor of English at Kenyon College, for a chat about Colm Tóibín. Participants are welcome to bring a brown bag lunch. Beverages and snacks will be served. Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
  • Oct. 17, 7:00 p.m. — Brooklyn Book Discussion led by Elizabeth Dark, Associate Director of Programs at the Kenyon Review. Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
  • Oct. 25, 7:00 p.m. — Brooklyn Book Discussion led by Elizabeth Dark, Associate Director of Programs at the Kenyon Review. Paragraphs Bookstore.

Watch the award-winning film, Brooklyn, based on Tóibín’s novel:

  • Nov. 7, 7:00 p.m. at the Community Foundation Theater in Kenyon College’s Gund Gallery
  • Nov. 9, 7:00 p.m. at the Wright Center in Mount Vernon

This schedule is subject to change; please check back for updates

Literary Festival Schedule (Nov. 10-11)

Praise for Colm Tóibín’s Brooklyn

“[A] triumph . . . One of those magically quiet novels that sneak up on readers and capture their imaginations.”
USA Today

“A classical coming-of-age store, pure, unsensationalized, quietly profound . . . There are no antagonists in this novel, no psychodramas, no angst. There is only the sound of a young woman slowly and deliberately stepping into herself, learning to make and stand behind her choices, finding herself.”
Pam Houston, O The Oprah Magazine

“Tóibín creates a narrative of remarkable power, writing with a spareness and intensity that give the minutest shades of feeling immense emotional impact. . . . Purging the immigrant novel of all swagger and sentimentality, Tóibín leaves us with a renewed understanding that to emigrate is to become a foreigner in two places at once.”
The New Yorker

For more information, please email us.


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

Ariel Corporation, Community Foundation of Mount Vernon and Knox County, First-Knox National Bank, The Peoples Bank, Printing Arts Press, Mount Vernon News, Ohio Arts Council, Simon & Schuster, Public Library of Mount Vernon and Knox County, Denham Sutcliffe Memorial Lecture Series, Kenyon College English Department, Kenyon College Bookstore, and Paragraphs Bookstore.

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