Event—Public Programming

Herman Melville Meets Agatha Christie: The Everyday Empowerment of Reading


Novelist Joyce Carol Oates once said, “Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly, into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul.” Grinnell College History Professor Elizabeth Prevost and English Professor Ralph Savarese will talk about the deceptively simple act of reading. Prevost is writing a book about global consumptions of genre fiction, particularly murder mysteries. Savarese has just published a book, See It Feelingly, about autistic readers who very much defy the strictly pathological understanding of their difference. They are currently teaching the Newberry Library Seminar. That seminar is titled "One for the Books: On the Pleasures and Politics of Reading."