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Event Series Event Series: Bristol BookFest

Bristol BookFest

March 31, 2023 @ 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Free – $30

Explore close readings, reflections and discourse of The Odyssey by Homer, translated by Emily Wilson, with scholars and literary-minded audiences from Rhode Island and beyond.

Bristol BookFest 2023 consists of a free keynote talk and reception on Friday evening, March 31, at Colt School Auditorium (574 Hope St) and a paid day program  of speakers and informal discussions on Saturday, April 1, from 9am-5pm in Linden Place ballroom (500 Hope St.).

Dr. Barbara Graziosi is an Italian classicist and academic. She is Professor of Classics at Princeton University. Her interests lie in ancient Greek literature, and the way in which readers make it their own. She has written extensively on the subject of Homeric literature, in particular the Iliad, and more generally on the transition of the Twelve Olympians from antiquity to the Renaissance. Her most recent research was a project entitled ‘Living Poets: A New Approach to Ancient Poetry, which was funded by the European Research Council.

On Saturday, Barbara Graziosi will be joined by Mary Ebbott, Professor of Classics, The College of the Holy Cross, specializing in Homeric epics, Johanna Hanink, Professor of Classics and Associate Provost for Faculty Community, Brown University, Carol Dougherty, Professor of Classical Studies and Director of Comparative Literature, Wellesley College, Garrett Dash Nelson, President and Head Curator, Leventhal Map and Educational Center at the Boston Public Library, Phoebe Segal, Curator, Greek and Roman Art, Boston Museum of Fine Arts; and BookFest Co-Founder Charles Calhoun, a Bristol-based biographer and historian, for a day of presentations and discussions.

The 2023 Bristol BookFest program is funded by our presenting sponsor the Friends of Rogers Free Library. Additional support and collaboration is provided by Arts in Common, Linden Place, Rogers Free Library, Rogers Williams University, St. Michael’s Episcopal Church and the Town of Bristol.

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March 31, 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm
Free – $30
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Bristol BookFest
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Linden Place
500 Hope Street
Bristol, RI 02809 United States
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