Community Read of White Mountains State continues this spring

February 5, 2024
Cover photo of White Mountains State by Keith Gentili

Fitchburg State University will continue its Community Read of alumnus Keith Gentili’s book White Mountains State: A Four-Year Journey Hiking and Summiting New Hampshire’s 48 Highest Peaks with a series of events this spring, including a talk by the author himself.

The semester’s offerings begin with a virtual talk at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 5 by Professor Michael Hoberman of the English Studies Department, who will present “Theodore Seixas Solomons: The Jewish American Who Inspired North America’s Most Famous Footpath.” The virtual talk may be viewed at

Gentili’s book has been described as a down-to-earth story for anyone with an interest in hiking and mountain climbing, highlighting both the trails and challenges of the New Hampshire 48, as well as the deep satisfaction and accomplishment that can result in finishing the list.

The programs continue at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 8 at the Leominster Public Library with “Hiking for the Soul,” a screening of a short film and clips ideal for hiking enthusiasts. These materials celebrate the joys, challenges, and life-changing perspectives afforded by hiking in the mountains. After the viewing, Associate Professor Kevin McCarthy of the Communications Media Department will moderate a discussion on these themes. This program is free and open to the public. No registration required.

The Fitchburg Public Library will host a book discussion of White Mountains State at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 6 at 166 Boulder Drive. Admission is free and open to the public.

The campus will welcome White Mountains State author Keith Gentili at 5 p.m. Thursday, March 21 in Hammond Hall. Gentili, a Fitchburg State graduate, will be joined by other alumni who are featured in his book during the talk. The program will begin with a social hour and refreshments before the speaking program begins at 6 p.m.

The Community Read is a collaboration between Fitchburg State University, Mount Wachusett Community College, local public libraries, and the surrounding communities. Its mission is to promote thought-provoking discussions of literature to all audiences. This program is the product of the community, for the community. Its goal is to facilitate a place for insightful discussion, giving members of the community a chance to share their opinions and be heard. Community Read events offer a comfortable space to exchange views and interact with others. See additional details and learn more at