Allan K. Smith Reading Series Begins New Semester with Author Leah Hager Cohen

Trinity College English Department Hosts Free Series in Admissions Grand Room

​Hartford, Connecticut, September 13, 2016 – The Trinity College English Department will open its Fall 2016 Allan K. Smith Reading Series on Wednesday, September 28, by welcoming author Leah Hager Cohen. The reading will be held in the Admissions Grand Room at 4:30 p.m., followed by a reception and book signing.

Leah Hager Cohen
Author Leah Hager Cohen opens the Trinity College English Department's Fall 2016 Allan K. Smith Reading Series on September 28.​
Leah Hager Cohen is the author of five novels, among them No Book but the World and Heart, You Bully, You Punk, and five works of nonfiction, including Train Go Sorry and Glass, Paper, Beans. Her novel The Grief of Others was adapted into a film of the same name and premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival.

Among the honors Cohen has received are nominations for the Orange Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, and the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. Born in Manhattan, she is currently the James N. and Sarah L. O’Rielly Barrett Professor of Creative Writing at the College of the Holy Cross.

In a review of The Grief of Others, a critic for the San Francisco Chronicle wrote, “Cohen’s empathy is sure-footed and seemingly boundless; her writing gifts its characters with glints of ordinary human radiance. It is the possibility of this glinting that ultimately becomes Cohen’s most powerful gift to us, her readers, as well.”

The Allan K. Smith Reading Series continues with poet John Murillo on Tuesday, October 18, at 7 p.m. Short story author Kelly Link will be welcomed on Wednesday, November 2, at 4:30 p.m. Poet and erasure artist Mary Ruefle will present a reading on Tuesday, November 15, at 4:30 p.m. Author Paul Yoon will conclude the series for the semester on Thursday, December 8, at 4:30 p.m.

The readings take place in the Admissions Grand Room on the Trinity College campus. All readings are free and open to the public.

Click here for more information about all of the guest readers in this series.