COVID-19 Notice

For the safety and well-being of our guests, our staff, and the Waterville community, all Special Programs and related activities at Colby College have been canceled this summer.  We look forward to welcoming you back to campus in 2021.

July 19 – 26, 2020

Join us for the 64th Annual Great Books program!

For generations, participants and families have convened on the beautiful campus of Colby College to discuss great literature and share their perspectives about these works of art. The participants, who share a passion for reading, have formed a community of friends who enjoy coming together for an informal but serious discussion about various works of literary art. In addition to the adult program, Great Books also has a junior program for children and teens.

Great Books at a Glance Great Books Overview Visit The Great Book Website




This Year’s Theme: The American Experience

Participants will review and discuss the following great books:

  • The Imperative of Integration by Elizabeth Anderson
  • Gilead by Marilynne Robinson
  • An American Childhood by Annie Dillard
  • Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman
  • American Pastoral by Phillip Roth
  • Gem of the Ocean by August Wilson