Major Author Reading Series Returns for 12th Year at Manhattan College

Suzanne Cope and Mark Doty will be the featured readers this semester.

Portrait photo of Suzanne CopeManhattan College’s Major Author Reading Series is back for a 12th year with a goal to to engage and expose students to contemporary literature.

Suzanne Cope will be the first speaker on Wednesday, November 3 at 6:30 p.m. in Hayden 100. A former faculty member at Manhattan College, Cope’s second nonfiction book will be released in November by Penguin Random House. It is entitled Power Hungry: Women of the Black Panther Party and Freedom Summer and Their Fight to Feed a Movement. Cope is also the author of Small Batch (2014), and has written about food and culture for the New York Times, The Atlantic, CNN, and the BBC, among others. This reading will be co-sponsored by Manhattan College’s minor in critical race and ethnicity studies. 

Portrait photo of Mark DotyOn Friday, November 19 at 6 p.m. (location TBD), poet and nonfiction writer Mark Doty will visit Manhattan College. Praised by the New York Times for his “dazzling, tactile grasp of the world,” Doty is a renowned author of three memoirs: the New York Times-bestselling Dog Years (HarperCollins, 2007), Firebird (1999), and Heaven’s Coast (1997), as well as a book about craft and criticism, The Art of Description: World Into Word, part of the popular “Art of” series published by Graywolf Press. His most recent book is a memoir that centers on his poetic relationship with Walt Whitman, entitled What Is the Grass (W. W. Norton, 2020). This reading will be co-sponsored by the Rainbow Jaspers.

All attendees must be fully vaccinated and wear a mask at all events. For more information, contact Dominika Wrozynski, associate professor of English, at

By Pete McHugh