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: Saturday, February 3

    Cost: $25 per person. Groups of 5+ receive a $5/person discount. Registration available starting December 1.

    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

    • Ruth Haag Brombach '60, alumnae liaison
    • Cecilia Konchar Farr, St. Kate's professor of English and women's studies
    • Judie Martens Flahavan '60, retired educator and businesswoman

The Book List

The following is the list of books discussed at Conversation with Books in February 2017. A book list for the winter 2018 event will be posted here as soon as it's available.


Title Author Publisher Year Published
La Rose Louise Erdrich HarperCollins Publishers 2016
The Women's Room Marilyn French Random House 1977
Good Night, Mr. Wodehouse Faith Sullivan Milkweed Editions 2015
The Underground Railroad Colson Whitehead Doubleday 2016


Title Author Publisher Year Published
Citizen: An American Lyric Claudia Rankine Graywolf Press 2014


Title Author Publisher Year Published
The Last Goodnight Howard Blum HarperCollins Publishers 2016
The Hour of Land: A Personal Topography of America’s National Parks Terry Tempest Williams Farrar, Strausand Giroux 2016
The Song Poet Kao Kalia Yang Henry Holt and Company 2016
Lab Girl Hope Jahren Alfred A. Knopf 2016

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