Conversation with Books

A beloved St. Kate's tradition. A lively panel of avid readers discusses some of the best in new fiction and nonfiction. Bring your book club!

  • about the event

    A St. Kate's Tradition Since 1965

    "Books come alive when you talk about them, it's the only way."
    — Catherine Lupori (1919-2014), professor emerita and founder of Conversation with Books

    Each winter since 1965, book lovers have gathered at St. Kate's to talk about the best in new literature. Conversation with Books is an opportunity to talk about favorites from the book list, or to help decide which books to pick up next.

    A book list is provided for those who wish to read the titles before the event. Advance reading of the books is not required.

    All are welcome. Bring a friend, a family member, or your book club!

  • important details

    What You Need to Know

    Date/time: Saturday, February 3, 1 p.m.

    Cost: $25 per person. Groups of 5+ receive a $5/person discount.

    Registration: Online registration is now closed, but you can still attend! On-site registration is available. Look for the registration/check-in table in the Coeur de Catherine third floor atrium.

    Location: Coeur de Catherine, Rauenhorst Ballroom (third floor)

    Parking: Park for free in the Overflow Guest parking lot. Enter gate 4 from Fairview Avenue. A shuttle to Coeur de Catherine will be available. Look for shuttle stop signs at the northwest corner of the Overflow Guest parking lot. Handicap parking spots located just south of Coeur de Catherine.

    Dessert and beverages will be served.

    Questions? Email or call 651-690-6666.

  • panelists

    Meet the Presenters

    • Pamela Fletcher, St. Kate's professor of women's studies and director of the Writing Intensive Program of the Department of English
    • Cecilia Konchar Farr, St. Kate's professor of English and women's studies, chair of the Department of English
    • Ruth Haag Brombach '60, alumnae/i liaison
    • Judie Martens Flahavan '60, retired educator and businesswoman

The Book List


Title Author Publisher Year Published
The Leavers Lisa Ko Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2017
Behold the Dreamers Imbolo Mbue Random House 2016
News of the World Paulette Jiles William Morrow 2016
Sing, Unburied, Sing Jesmyn Ward Scribner 2017


Title Author Publisher Year Published
You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me Sherman Alexie Brown and Company 2017
Eleanor Roosevelt, Volume 3: The War Years and After, 1939 – 1962 Blanche Wiesen Cook Viking 2016
Tell Me How It Ends Valeria Luiselli Coffee House Press 2017
The Girls of Atomic City: The Untold Story of the Women Who Helped Win World War II Denise Kiernan Touchstone 2014
Braiding Sweetgrass: Indigenous Wisdom, Scientific Knowledge and the Teachings of Plants Robin Wall Kimmerer Milkweed Editions 2013

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