Photos of LitFest 2017

Zadie Smith masterclass

More than 1,400 bibliophiles gathered on campus March 2-4 for LitFest 2017, the College’s second annual literary festival that included conversations and book signings with 2016 National Book Award fiction finalists Chris Bachelder and Jacqueline Woodson, internationally renowned author Zadie Smith and Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Doris Kearns Goodwin. Additional activities included master classes, a poetry slam, panel conversations and tours of the Emily Dickinson Museum. The Common, the Center for Humanistic Inquiry, and the Emily Dickinson Museum partner with the College on this event.

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Photos of LitFest 2017

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Readings from Amherst College LitFest 2021

This year's LitFest was held virtually, with authors, poets, and literature lovers joining from all around the world. Editor in Chief Jennifer Acker hosted two readings at LitFest: one with The Common's student interns, and one with Amherst College alumni authors. Both events were recorded and can be watched below.

Image of Charles Yu's book, Interior Chinatown.

LitFest 2021 Excerpt: Interior Chinatown

CHARLES YU
Ever since you were a boy, you’ve dreamt of being Kung Fu Guy. You are not Kung Fu Guy. You are currently Background Oriental Male, but you’ve been practicing. Maybe tomorrow will be the day. Ever since you were a boy, you’ve dreamt of being Kung Fu Guy.

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LitFest 2021 Excerpt: A Burning

MEGHA MAJUMDAR
I had been at the station, no more than a fifteen minute walk from my house. I ought to have seen the men who ran up to the open windows and threw flaming torches into the halted train. But all I saw was carriages, burning, their doors locked from the outside and dangerously hot.