The University of Puget Sound welcomes the public to an enchanting evening with Ross Gay, an expert in appreciating life's small delights, the featured speaker of the Fall 2023 Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture in Public Affairs and the Arts. Everyone is welcome to attend and listen to the acclaimed essayist and poet on Monday, Oct. 9, at 7 p.m. in the Schneebeck Concert Hall.

Gay has won several literary awards, including the Jean Stein Award from PEN America, the National Book Critics Circle Award, and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award. His collection of essays, The Book of Delights, was a New York Times bestseller, captivating readers worldwide. This month, Gay released his latest collection, The Book of (More) Delights, which has received rave reviews from publications such as Time Magazine and USA Today

After his reading, Gay will sign copies of his books in the Pierce Atrium at Wyatt Hall from 8:30–9 p.m.

The Susan Resneck Pierce Lecture series was established in 2002 in honor of President Emerita Susan Resneck Pierce. Today, it continues the tradition of bringing distinguished intellectuals, writers, and artists to Puget Sound, enriching the campus community’s culture. The event is made possible thanks to the work of the Pierce Lectures in the Arts Advisory Group, including faculty members Lea Fortmann, Jairo Hoyos Galvis, Lisa Johnson, Priti Joshi, Sam Liao, Janet Marcavage, Renee Simms, and the Race & Pedagogy Institute. 

The event is free and open to the public, but tickets are required for entry. Register online at