Conversation with Books

"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


  • A beloved tradition since 1965

    A lively panel of avid readers discusses some of the best in new fiction and nonfiction.

    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, but advance reading of the books is not required.

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

    Details and Registration

    The 2019 Conversation with Books will be held at 1 p.m. on Saturday, February 9, in Rauenhorst Ballroom, third floor of Coeur de Catherine.

    Cost is $25 per person, but groups of 5+ who register together receive a $5/person discount. Dessert and beverage will be served.

    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.

    Questions? Email alumnae@stkate.edu or call 651-690-6666.


Meet our Panelists

  • 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

2019 Conversation with Books List

Title Author Publisher Year Fiction/Nonfiction
Parable of the Sower Octavia Butler Warner Books 1993 Fiction
Mean Spirit Linda Hogan Random House, Ivy Book 1990 Fiction
An American Marriage Tayari Jones Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill 2018 Fiction
Clock Dance Anne Tyler Alfred A. Knopf 2018 Fiction
Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI David Grann Vintage Books 2017 Nonfiction
The Art of the Wasted Day Patricia Hampl Viking 2018 Nonfiction
Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo" Zora Neale Hurston Amistad 2018 Nonfiction
Rising: Dispatches from the New American Shore Elizabeth Rush Milkweed Editions 2018 Nonfiction
Don't Call Us Dead Danez Smith Graywolf Press 2017 Poetry

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