Historical Fiction Book Group

Date/Time
Date(s) - October 22, 2020
6:30 pm - 7:30 pm

Get immersed in the world of a historical time and place, and then engage with a scholar to learn the “real” story. At meetings of the Historical Fiction Book Group, scholars participate in discussions of the fictional elements and the nonfictional context of selected books.

This virtual session (via Google Meet) will feature discussion of The Nickel Boys, by Colson Whitehead, with Alisha Gaines, PhD, Timothy Gannon Associate Professor of English at Florida State University.

Based on the real story of a reform school that operated for 111 years and warped the lives of thousands of children, The Nickel Boys is set in Jim Crow-era Florida. This Pulitzer Prize-winning novel is a follow-up to Whitehead’s acclaimed bestseller The Underground Railroad, which was HSP’s first Historical Fiction Book Group selection.

Registrants who are Princeton Public Library card holders can access the ebook or audiobook through the library, pending availability. Labyrinth Books is also offering free curbside pickup and delivery.

Co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library.

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Presented with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this programming do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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