Past Reading Lists

Fall 2015

  • “Has Fiction Lost Its Faith?” Paul Elie
  • “The Catholic Writer Today,” Dana Gioia
  • “Cultural Anorexia: Doubting the Decline of Faith in Fiction,” Gregory Wolf
  • Charming Billy, Alice McDermott
  • Mariette in Ecstasy, Ron Hansen
  • “The Catholic Imagination in Modern American Poetry,” James Matthew Wilson
  • Some Permanent Things, James Matthew Wilson

Spring 2016

  • In the Garden of the North American Martyrs, Tobias Wolff
  • “How to Think Like a Poet,” Ryan Wilson
  • Selected Poems, Ryan Wilson
  • 99 Poems: New and Selected, Dana Gioia

Summer 2016

  • Lit: A Memoir, Mary Karr
  • Gilead, Marilynne Robison

Fall 2016

  • Silence, Shusaku Endo
  • The Oracles Fell Silent, Lee Oser
  • Saint Sinatra and Other Poems, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell
  • St. Paul Lives Here (In Minnesota), Zach Czaia

Spring  2017

  • "A Good Man is Hard to Find" and "Catholic Novelists and their Readers," Flannery O'Connor
  • "The Five Wounds" and "Night at the Fiestas," Kirsten Valdez Quade
  • What Happened to Sophie Wilder, Christopher Beha
  • Film: Silence (Martin Scorsese, 2016)

Summer 2017

  • Wolf in White Van, John Darnielle
  • "The Detective of Dreams" and "The Fifth Head of Cerberus," Gene Wolfe
  • Film: The Innocents (Anne Fontaine, 2016)
  • Boxers & Saints, Gene Luen Yang

Fall 2017

  • Redeployment by Phil Klay
  • The Stranger World by Ryan Wilson
  • Some Bore Gifts by A.G. Harmon
  • Film: Lady Bird  (Dir. Greta Gerwig).

Spring 2018

  • The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott.
  • Universal Harvester by John Darnielle.
  • Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders.
  • Film: Tree of Life (Dir. Terrence Malick).

Summer 2018

  • 99 Stories of God by Joy Williams
  • LaRose by Louise Erdrich
  • I Want to Show You More by Jamie Quatro
  • Laurus by Eugene Vodolazkin

Fall 2018

  • This Our Exile by Joshua Hren
  • Confession of X by Suzanne Wolfe
  • The Cloister by James Carroll

Spring 2019

  • Oregon Confetti by Lee Oser
  • The Hummingbird's Daughterby Luis Alberto Urrea
  • Beloved by Toni Morrison
  • Signals by Tim Gautreaux
  • Walking to Martha's Vineyardby Franz Wright

Summer 2019

  • Doubt: A Parable by John Patrick Shanley (film and play)
  • Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward
  • Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
  • Year of Wonders by Geraldine Brooks

Fall 2019

  • Darling: A Spiritual Autobiography by Richard Rodriguez
  • The Original Prin by Randy Boyagoda
  • The Five Quintets by Micheal O'Siadhail

Past Events

  • "The Hanging God"
    Poetry reading by James Matthew Wilson Friday, November 15, 2019 @ 5:30pm. May Gallery, Mullen Library, CUA.

  • "CUA Contemporary Catholic Writers: One Reading Group's Search for the "Radical Center" in the Catholic Literary Landscape"
    Panel Presentation by Jessica Schnepp, Jonathan Wanner, Robert Sherron, Bethany Besteman at the Catholic Imagination Pre-Conference at Loyola University, Chicago. September 19, 2019 @ 10:30am.

  • "Truth in Fiction: Contemporary Literature and the Catholic Imagination."
    Library exhibit and reception at Mullen Library. Friday, November 16, 2018 @ 5pm.

  • "Why Theology Mattered to Shakespeare: Chaucer, A Midsummer Night's Dream, and the Predestination Crisis"
    Lecture by Lee Oser. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 5pm. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. Sponsored by ALSCW. 

  •  "The Literature You Save May Be Your Own: Forging an Idiom of Continuity in the Catholic Literary Tradition"
    Lecture and new fiction by Joshua Hren and Lee Oser. Wednesday, September 12, 2018 @ 7pm. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C. 

  •  "Traditions of Eloquence: The Jesuits and Modern Rhetorical Studies"
    Lecture by Cinthia Gannett and John Brereton. Wednesday, October 24, 2018 @ 2pm. Pryzbyla Center, Great Room C, Catholic University of America. 

  • "Saints, Sinners, and Pilgrims: Incarnations of the Catholic Immagination" 
    Poetry reading by Angela Alaimo O'Donnell. Friday, April 6, 2018 at 6pm.May Gallery, Mullen Library, CUA.

  • Some Bore Gifts
    Short Fiction reading with A.G. Harmon. Wednesday, November 15, 2017, Columbus School of Law Courtroom. 5:30pm.

  • Poetry Night with Ryan Wilson and Maryann Corbett 
    6pm, Friday, Oct. 20, 2017, Keane Auditorium (McGivney Hall), The Catholic University of America.

  • Flannery O'Connor: Acts of Redemption
    Film Screening & Discussion with Mark Bosco, SJ: 6pm, Friday, September 29, 2017, Hannan 108, The Catholic University of America

  • "Communion of Saints"
    Poetry reading with Susan L. Miller: 6pm Thursday, March 16, 2017, Hannan 106, The Catholic University of America

  • "Creating Flannery O'Connor" 
    Guest Lecture with Daniel Moran, Ph.D.: 6pm Thursday, February 9, 2017, Keane Auditorium, The Catholic University of America

  • "St. Peter's B-List"
    Poetry Reading with Rachel Graham, Terry Kirts, Gerry LaFemina, Susan L. Miller, Angela Alaimo O'Donnell, Susanna Rich, and editor Mary Ann B. Miller: 6pm Friday, November 18, 2016, Hannan 108, the Catholic University of America

  • "Uncommon Grace: The Life of Flannery O'Connor" 
    Film Screening and Discussion with Bridget Kurt and Dan Kurt: 5pm Friday, November 11, 2016, Hannan 108, The Catholic University of America

  • Poetry Reading with Dana Gioia  
    6pm Friday, April 22, 2016 Keane Auditorium, The Catholic University of America

  • “The Stranger World” 
    An Evening of Poetry and Music with Ryan Wilson: 7pm Monday, March 21, 2016 Pryzbyla Center Great Room A, The Catholic University of America

  • "Art is a Jealous God: Aesthetic Autonomy and the Claims of the Divine"
    Guest lecture with James Matthew Wilson, Ph.D. (Villanova University): 6pm Friday, February 5, 2016 Hannan 108, The Catholic University of America