Author Salon Series

President Keen’s Author Salon Series

Join the 10th President of Scripps College, Suzanne Keen, for a series of intimate literary gatherings with the Scripps community across the country. President Keen will host award-winning writers such as Myriam J.A. Chancy, Rebecca Makkai, Susan Choi, and Andrew Sean Greer for thought-provoking conversations with Scripps alums, families, and friends. All events are free and open to the greater Scripps community.


“It’s in our nature to relate to one another’s stories. When we read novels with a sense of empathy, we come away with an improved sense of other people’s perspectives and experiences that are quite different from our own.”

—Suzanne Keen, President


Seattle, WA | Tuesday, October 11 | 6:00pm
Featuring Myriam J.A. Chancy
Guggenheim Fellow and Hartley Burr Alexander Chair of Humanities at Scripps College
Women’s University Club of Seattle

Chicago, IL | Thursday, October 20 | 6:30pm
Featuring Rebecca Makkai
2019 Pulitzer Prize Finalist and 2018 National Book Award Finalist
Towne & Oak, Winnetka

San Francisco, CA | Wednesday, November 2 | 6:30pm
Featuring Andrew Sean Greer
2018 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Fiction and Mary Routt Chair of Writing at Scripps College (2016)
The Century Club of California

Los Angeles, CA | Tuesday, December 6 | 6:30pm
Featuring Lynne Thompson ’72, Los Angeles Poet Laureate (2021-2022) and
Luis J. Rodriguez, Los Angeles Poet Laureate (2014-2016)
Red Hen Press, Pasadena

San Diego, CA | Wednesday, January 25 | 6:30pm
Featuring Jean Chen Ho
2023 Mary Routt Endowed Chair of Creative Writing at Scripps College
At the home of Kalpana ’94 and James Rhodes, La Jolla

Washington, DC | March 15 | 6:30pm
Featuring Dwandalyn Reece ’85
Curator of Music & Performing Arts at the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History & Culture
Politics and Prose, Den Coffeehouse

New York, NY | Saturday, March 18 | 2:00pm
Featuring Susan Choi
2019 National Book Award Winner for Fiction
The Lotos Club, New York

Boston, MA | Thursday, March 23 | 6:00pm
Featuring Tracy K. Smith
2012 Pulitzer Prize Winner for Poetry and U.S. Poet Laureate (2017-2019)
The Library, Hampshire House