Conversation with Books

Conversation with Books panelists 2014

Conversation with Books

Conversation with Books is a literary event that has been a tradition at St. Catherine University since 1965. Event participants enjoy a lively panel of book lovers who highlight recent books of literary merit.

Whether collecting ideas for winter reading, potential book club picks or simply jump-starting the conversation about great recent literature, Conversation with Books offers attendees an afternoon of rich literary discussion. It’s not necessary to have read the books in advance of the event. Some avid readers attend simply to decide what to pick up next.

Save the date for Conversation with Books 2015!

Conversation with Books 2015 will take place on Saturday, February 21. Online registration will be available on this website beginning in November 2014.

Panelists for Conversation with Books will be Ruth Haag Brombach '60, alumnae liaison; Judith Martens Flahavan ’60, retired businesswoman and educator; and Cecilia Konchar Farr, professor of English and women's studies.

The preliminary book list for 2015 includes:

  • Adichie, Chimamanda Ngozi.  Americanah. Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
  • Gordimer, Nadine. July’s People. Penguin Books, 1981.
  • Ng, Celeste. Everything I Never Told You. Penguin Press, 2014.
  • Sturdevant, Lori.  Her Honor: Rosalie Wahl and the Minnesota Women's Movement. Minnesota Historical Society Press, 2014.
  • Toth, Susan Allen. No Saints Around Here: A Caregiver’s Days. University of Minnesota Press, 2014.

A full book list will be available by December 10.

In memory of Catherine Lupori

Catherine Pribyl Lupori, professor emerita, founded Conversation with Books in 1965, and led the event for 50 years. Sadly, Catherine died on October 13, 2014, at the age of 95. Conversation with Books will go on, and will be dedicated to Catherine. 

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50th Anniversary Commemorative Book List

In celebration of the 50-year history of Conversation With Books in 2014, a complete book list of all books discussed at past events was a gift to those who attended Conversation with Books. Commemorative book lists are available at a cost of $5 to those who were not able to attend.

Purchase book list

Conversation with Books 2014

The 2014 event in St. Paul was led by Catherine Lupori, honorary alumna and professor emerita of English. Panelists included Judith Martens Flahavan ’60, retired businesswoman and educator; Ruth Haag Brombach ’60, alumnae relations liaison; and Cecilia Konchar Farr, professor of English and women's studies. View photo gallery >>