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Stanford Book Salon

Bookworms unite! Each month, this seriously unstuffy community of Stanford alumni, family and friends gathers online to read and discuss a different book handpicked by one of our renowned faculty hosts.

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Current Book - November 2016

  • The Book of Hulga
    by Rita Mae Reese.
    Hosted by: John W. Evans

    "The Book of Hulga is a powerful meditation on the nature of imagination and identity, and the forms that grace can take in a life. Taking as its central figure the protagonist from Flannery O'Connor's short story, "Good Country People," Reese interconnects a rich web of topics, including suffering, absence, the self and Catholicism. Formal inventiveness and deeply felt lyricism are the hallmarks of this beautiful collection, which is a joy to discover and revisit."

    John W. Evans, Jones Lecturer of Creative Writing

Upcoming Books

  • January 2017

    King Lear by William Shakespeare

    Hosted by: Roland Greene, Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of English and comparative literature

  • March 2017

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

    Hosted by: Blakey Vermeule, professor of English

  • April 2017

    The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander

    Hosted by: Brendan Boyle, consulting associate professor at the

  • May 2017

    Born on a Tuesday: A Novel by Elnathan John

    Hosted by: NoViolet Bulawayo, Jones Lecturer in fiction

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