The Claire Gilbert Marty Visiting Writers Series

The Claire Gilbert Marty Visiting Writers Series was established in 2017 in honor of the late Claire Gilbert Marty, a St. Olaf alumna who exhibited a passion for literature and how the intricacies of human relationships could be illuminated through the literary arts. The Visiting Writers Series established in her memory seek to both honor her character, faith, and intellect, and to enrich the St. Olaf community by inviting writers whose work complements Claire’s fascination with the complexities of life and appreciation for wit and humor.

In 2019, the English Department’s Claire Gilbert Marty Visiting Writer Series is proud to host award winning short story writer, Jamel Brinkley, on November 7th (Thurs) in Viking Theater at 7pm. He will be reading from his collection, A Lucky Man, which was a finalist for the National Book Award. We hope you will consider joining us for what is sure to be a wonderful event.
More about the book below:
“Each story is a trenchant exploration of race and class, vividly conveying the tension between social codes of masculinity and the vulnerable, volatile self.”—The New Yorker
A debut that Entertainment Weekly saw “creating waves within the literary sphere,” A Lucky Man reflects the tenderness and vulnerability of black men and boys whose hopes sometimes betray them, especially in a world shaped by race, gender, and class—where luck may be the greatest fiction of all.
From the publisher (Graywolf): In nine powerful stories, Jamel Brinkley explores the charged, complex ties between men whose mistakes threaten their relationships with friends, lovers, and family members. An imaginative young boy from the Bronx goes swimming with his day camp group at a backyard pool in the suburbs, and faces the effects of power and privilege in ways he can barely grasp. A pair of college boys on the prowl follow two girls home from a party and have to own the uncomfortable truth of their desires. And at a capoeira conference, two brothers grapple with how to tell the story of their family, caught in the dance of their painful, fractured history


Past Writers

2017: Romana Ausubel