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Reading Series Celebrates American Dream

In celebration of the centennial of the Pulitzer Prize, Hofstra University’s English Department and the Hofstra Cultural Center are launching a “Campfire Reading Series,” a program developed and sponsored by Humanities New York. The series, which is open to the public, allows a small group of thoughtful readers to delve deeply into four Pulitzer Prize-winning books that share the theme “Reaching for the American Dream.” Hofstra English Professor Andrew Stambuk will lead the book discussions.

The meetings take place 4:30-6 p.m. at the Hofstra Hall Parlor on the South Campus of Hofstra University. Although the program is free, pre-registration is required, and seating is limited to 15 participants. Humanities New York will lend registered participants copies of the books to be discussed (with $10 deposit that is refundable after series).

Registrants are expected to participate in all four discussions. To register and for more information, call the Hofstra Cultural Center at 516-463-5669 or visit

Selected books include:

Thursday, September 28, 4:30-6 p.m.: A Visit from the Goon Squad by Jennifer Egan

Egan’s series of linked short stories — featuring overlapping characters and events — follows a group of musicians and music executives as life sends them in directions none could have anticipated.

Thursday, October 19, 4:30-6 p.m.: Humboldt’s Gift by Saul Bellow

Two writers and friends experience very different pathways through life in the 20th century, reflecting America’s changing relationship with art, commerce and life.

Thursday, November 9, 4:30-6 p.m.: The Brief Wondrous Life of Oscar Wao by Junot Diaz

Dominican-American Oscar Wao’s nerdy fantasies provide a springboard for Diaz to interrogate the multigenerational experiences of one immigrant family.

Thursday, November 30, 4:30-6 p.m.: Interpreter of Maladies by Jhumpa Lahiri

These short stories look at the challenges of Indian-Americans in adapting to life in America while staying true to the culture and traditions of previous generations.

“With its thematic focus, this reading and discussion program offers an unusual twist on the standard book group format by making time for thinking deeply about one idea, over time, from a variety of perspectives,” says Sara Ogger, executive director of Humanities New York.

For more information on the reading and discussion series and Humanities New York visit

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