The Novel Experience

Night TalkNIGHT TALK by Elizabeth Cox, has been selected as the novel all incoming members of the class of 2018 will read and discuss. 

 The previous books and authors in the series are:

    Middle Passage by Charles Johnson
    Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card
    Waiting by Ha Jin
    Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks
    Paco's Story by Larry Heineman
    Rich in Love by Josephine Humphries
    A Gracious Plenty by Sheri Reynolds
    One Foot in Eden by Ron Rash
   When the Emperor Was Divine
by Julie Otsuka
   Memoirs of a Geisha by Arthur Golden
   Old School by Tobias Wolff
   One Amazing Thing by Chitra Divakaruni

So what is the Novel Experience, anyway? 

The Novel Experience is a program that connects the members of the incoming class with each other through a shared experience and a shared meal. All incoming students read the same book before arriving on campus for Orientation. This year, that book is Night Talk by Elizabeth Cox. 

On the first day of their Humanities 101 class, all first year students receive the essay prompt for the novel. During the first week of classes, usually on a Tuesday evening, the college pays for each section of Humanities 101 to go out to dinner as a group so they can discuss the novel with each other, their professor, and their orientation peer leaders. Essays are normally due at the end of the first week of classes. Eight of them will eventually be chosen as the best and will be published in a booklet for the Novel Experience Convocation.

Then, later in September, the author of the novel comes to campus for the Novel Experience Convocation, where s/he discusses the book and responds to the eight essays. The authors of the essays that are chosen for publication will then join the novel's author for lunch.