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!

Conversation with Books 2015 will take place on Saturday, February 21.  

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. If you were unable to attend or would like additional copies of the book list, they may be purchased for $5. 

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 >>

Books discussed at Conversation with Books  2014


Amanda Coplin, The Orchardist, HarperCollins Publishers, 2012.
Edwidge Danticat, Claire of the Sea Light, Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Alice McDermott, Someone: A Novel, Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2013.
Alice Munro, Dear Life: Stories, Vintage Books, 2012.


Roy Adkins and Lesley Adkins, Jane Austen's England, Viking, 2013.
Anna Badkhen, The World Is a Carpet: Four Seasons in an Afghan Village, Riverhead Books (Penguin Group), 2013.
Jill Lepore, Book of Ages: The Life and Opinions of Jane Franklin,, Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.
Sonia Sotomayor, My Beloved World, Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.