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Literary House

First-Year Book Event with Dr. Lauret Savoy

Date: 4:30pm EDT September 21, 2017

This event is co-sponsored by the C.V. Starr Center and the Joseph H. McLain Lecture Series in Environmental Studies.

Each year, all new students read a book that reflects the mission of Washington College. Students read this book the summer before they begin their studies at the College, in anticipation of the rigorous conversation they will have with a book discussion leader and their Peer Mentor. This program introduces new students to Washington College’s wealth of opportunities to hear interesting lectures and presentations outside of the classroom. The 2017 First-Year Book is Lauret Savoy’s Trace (Counterpoint Press, 2015).


Dr. Lauret Savoy is a professor of environmental studies and geology at Mount Holyoke College. Trace won the 2016 American Book Award from the Before Columbus Foundation. Trace was also a finalist for the PEN American Open Book Award and the Phillis Wheatley Book Award, as well as shortlisted for the William Saroyan International Prize for Writing.