First-year book pro­gram to fea­ture Lau­ret Savoy

Kent County News - - COMING EVENTS -

— Lau­ret Savoy, au­thor of “Trace: Mem­ory, History, Race, and the Amer­i­can Land­scape,” will par­tic­i­pate in a read­ing and dis­cus­sion Thurs­day, Sept. 21 as part of the Wash­ing­ton Col­lege’s First-Year Book Pro­gram.

Held at 4:30 p.m. in Decker Theatre, Gib­son Cen­ter for the Arts, the event is free and open to the pub­lic.

Savoy, who teaches en­vi­ron­men­tal stud­ies and ge­ol­ogy at Mount Holyoke Col­lege, won the 2016 Amer­i­can Book Award from the Be­fore Colum­bus Foun­da­tion for “Trace.”

A mem­oir min­gled with travel writ­ing and sci­en­tific and his­tor­i­cal in­sight, “Trace” also was a fi­nal­ist for the PEN Amer­i­can Open Book Award and the Phillis Wheat­ley Book Award, as well as short­listed for the Wil­liam Saroyan In­ter­na­tional Prize for Writ­ing.

“In ‘Trace,’” writes James Allen Hall, as­so­ciate pro­fes­sor of English and di­rec­tor of the Rose O’Neill Lit­er­ary House, “Savoy un­der­stands that ‘sand and stone are Earth’s mem­ory,’ and de­ploys that understanding to see how place in­flects mem­ory and history and the con­struc­tion of race. She asks, ‘From what do we take our ori­gins? From blood? ... From in­cised mem­o­ries?’ ‘Trace’ is the re­sult of a word­smith, an ar­chiv­ist, a car­tog­ra­pher, a ques­tioner who asks the land to re­veal what it re­mem­bers about who we used to be — all so that we may be more free to re­make our­selves now.”

“Trace” was as­signed as the first-year read for the in­com­ing Class of 2021. The pro­gram pro­vides in­com­ing fresh­men the chance to im­merse them­selves in the col­lege’s aca­demic cul­ture from their first mo­ment on cam­pus.

The sum­mer be­fore classes be­gin, in­com­ing first-year stu­dents read a book that re­flects the mis­sion of Wash­ing­ton Col­lege, in prepa­ra­tion for fa­cil­i­tated dis­cus­sion with their peers. The pro­gram cul­mi­nates with a read­ing and lec­ture by the au­thor.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the lit­er­ary events of­fered this year, visit the Lit­er­ary House web­site at www. wash­coll. edu/ cen­ters/ lit­house, or the English depart­ment web­site at www.wash­­part ments/ english/ events. php.

The an­nual Lit­er­ary Events Cal­en­dar brochure can be found at www. wash­coll. edu/ live/ files/7406-2017-2018.


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