Historical Fiction Book Group

Date(s) - September 20
6:30 pm - 8:00 pm

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Updike Farmstead

Knowing about the past helps us make sense of the present, putting current affairs into important context. But the process of building historical literacy doesn’t have to be dry! 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 local and regional context of selected books.

Sept. 20: Discussion of Colson Whitehead’s critically acclaimed “The Underground Railroad” with Mekala Audain, professor of 19th century U.S. history and African-American history at The College of New Jersey.

Nov. 15: Discussion of “Burr” by Gore Vidal with Paul Clemens, professor of history at Rutgers University.