Emory College AAE hosts virtual book club featuring faculty authors

By April Hunt | Emory Report | June 2, 2020

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A virtual book club featuring works by Emory College faculty kicks off Thursday, June 4, with Tayari Jones discussing her New York Times bestseller “An American Marriage.” Photo by Nina Subin.

The Emory College Advancement and Alumni Engagement team is hosting a monthly book club series online, featuring popular works by Emory College of Arts and Sciences faculty.

The virtual book club series kicks off Thursday, June 4, at 7 p.m. with Tayari Jones, Charles Howard Candler Professor of English and Creative Writing, discussing her fourth book, “An American Marriage.”

Jones won the Women’s Prize for Fiction, an Aspen Words Literary Prize and NAACP Image Award for “An American Marriage.” The New York Times bestseller tells the story of Celestial and Roy, young black newlyweds in Atlanta whose pursuit of the American dream is violently interrupted when Roy is imprisoned for a crime he did not commit.

The book club series continues July 2, when Joseph Crespino, Jimmy Carter Professor of History and chair of the history department, will discuss his award-winning title “Atticus Finch: The Biography.” The book draws on exclusive sources to reveal how Harper Lee’s father provided the central inspiration for her most well-known character.

Deborah Lipstadt, Dorot Professor of Modern Jewish History and Holocaust Studies, will discuss her award-winning analysis “Antisemitism: Here and Now” on Sept. 3. The book unfolds as a series of conversational letters written by Lipstadt to two fictional acquaintances — an inquisitive college student and a campus colleague, composites of people she’s known across more than 40 years of teaching.  

Organizers are working to confirm Virtual Book Club events in August and October.

Get more information and register for the June 4 event here.