Published: March 17, 2016
Boulder bookstore

On March 7, the Boulder Book Store hosted an evening celebrating the work of Belorussian writer Svetlana Alexievich, winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize in Literature, the first in an ongoing series of events celebrating Nobel Laureates across national literature traditions at the bookstore. The event was organized and moderated by Tatiana Mikhailova and Tom Roberts, and included contributions from Russian faculty Mark Leiderman and Laura Olson Osterman, as well as CU students Dulguun Baatarkhuyag, Lisa Cayton, Lukas Devries, Colin Grushkin, Tanya Litinsky, Ben Lourie, Erik Powers, Jena Reddy, Ryan Stoner, and Chloe Toscano. Professor Leiderman delivered a brief lecture on Alexievich, and screened clips from speeches and interviews with the author, while the faculty and students delivered highly emotional readings from Alexievich’s books. Following the presentations, a lively discussion ensued on the literary qualities of non-fiction writing. The next event in this new series on Nobel Laureates will be at the Boulder Book Store in April, when we’ll celebrate the Chinese novelist Mo Yan, who will be represented by his famed translator Howard Goldblatt.