Hill Center Reading Series

The Hill Center & PEN/Faulkner Literary Reading Series:

For years, the PEN/Faulkner Foundation has hosted an acclaimed reading series featuring nationally known authors at the Folger Shakespeare Library. With the launch of Hill Center/PEN/Faulkner Literary Reading Series last December, PEN/Faulkner expands and diversifies its literary programming by featuring established and emerging local authors at Hill Center.

Hill Center serves as a vibrant home for culture, education, and city life on Capitol Hill. Located at the rehabilitated Old Naval Hospital, the historic Civil War-era facility features an array of beautiful, light-filled rooms that retain historic detail with modern amenities, including high-tech audiovisual capabilities, accessibility, and environmentally-friendly construction.

All Hill Center Reading Series events take place at:

Hill Center
921 Pennsylvania Ave. SE
Washington, DC 20003 [Map]

Our Most Recent Event:

Maureen Corrigan & Jackson Bryer
Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Hill Center at Old Naval Hospital
Register for your FREE tickets here

Maureen Corrigan discusses her new book, So We Read On, in conversation with scholar Jackson Bryer. Corrigan and Bryer are both great lovers of The Great Gatsby, and in So We Read On Corrigan explores how F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel became an American classic—perhaps even a Great American Novel. Their talk will discuss why we still read The Great Gatsby nearly a hundred years after its publication, and address its commentaries on the national themes of race, class, and gender.

Maureen Corrigan is a critic-in-residence at Georgetown University and the book critic for NPR’s Fresh Air. An award-winning scholar, she has judged multiple prizes, including the 2012 Pulitzer Prize. Her first book, the literary memoir Leave Me Alone, I’m Reading! was published in 2005.

Jackson Bryer is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, where he studied and taught American and modern literature. He has written and edited many books and articles about The Great Gatsby. Dr. Bryer is a PEN/Faulkner Foundation board member.

A book signing will follow, and copies of So We Read On will be for sale. Seating is on a first come, first served basis. Those who have registered for the event must be in their seats 15 minutes prior to the start time to guarantee their spot. At that time, remaining seats will be released to those who are on the wait list. Once the guests on the wait list have been seated, any walk-ins will be shown their seats.


Previous Hill Center Events:


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Rebecca Mead in Conversation with Hanna Rosin & Margaret Talbot
April 25, 2014

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!


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Phil Klay in conversation with Jennifer Vanderbes
Friday, Mar. 14, 2014

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!


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Molly McCloskey
in conversation with Lisa Page
Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2014

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!

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M.K. Asante
in conversation with Lisa Page
Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2013

 Listen to the Podcast of this event here!



Shreve & IdarSusan Richards Shreve
& Nicole Idar
Sunday, March 3, 2013

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!

Alan Cheuse (right) & Alyson Foster (left)Alan Cheuse
& Alyson Foster
Sunday, Dec. 2, 2012 

Listen to the Podcast of this event here!