WilmU Book Club

September 2019  |  Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives.

Thursday, September 26, 2019  |  12:30 PM

Pratt Student Center, New Castle Campus

Please join the WilmU Book Club for a discussion on David Denby's book, Lit Up: One Reporter. Three Schools. Twenty-four Books That Can Change Lives. Students, Faculty, Alumni and Staff are all welcome!

RSVP to reserve your spot toda.!

Students, Staff and Faculty members can borrow a copy of the book from the Delaware Library Catalog
. Click on 'Place Hold' to have the book sent to the Wilmington University Library in New Castle.

Can't make it in person? Attend online via Zoom. (reservation not required)

Lit Up book cover


A bestselling author and distinguished critic goes back to high school to find out whether books can shape lives. It’s no secret that millions of American teenagers, caught up in social media, television, movies, and games, don’t read seriously-they associate sustained reading with duty or work, not with pleasure. This indifference has become a grievous loss to our standing as a great nation--and a personal loss, too, for millions of teenagers who may turn into adults with limited understanding of themselves and the world.


David Denby was born in New York City in 1943, and was educated at Columbia and Stanford. He is the author of Great Books, an acclaimed account of returning to college and reading the Western classics during the curriculum wars; American Sucker, Snark, and Do the Movies Have a Future?

Denby is a staff writer and former film critic for The New Yorker, and his reviews and essays have appeared in The New Republic, The Atlantic, and New York magazine, among other places. He lives in New York City with his wife, writer Susan Rieger. He has two sons and two grandsons.