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Public Reading by Rebecca Makkai ‘99, Author of ‘The Great Believers’ The reading will be Oct. 18 at 8:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium.

Rebecca Makkai. Photo by Philippe MATSAS/Opale

The English Department at Washington and Lee University will host writer Rebecca Makkai ‘99, whose novel “The Great Believers” is now listed as a finalist for the National Book Award. The reading will be Oct. 18 at 8:15 p.m. in Northen Auditorium. The event is free and open to the public, and books will be available to purchase.

Described by her publisher as a novel of friendship and redemption in the face of tragedy, “The Great Believers,” which came out June 19, has garnered rave reviews, including a listing on Oprah’s Book Club Pick and a front-page review on the New York Times Book Review Editor’s Selection by Michael Cunningham.

Read more about Makkai in a recent story recently featured on The Columns.

The reading is sponsored by the Virginia Military Institute and the Glasgow Endowment.