The Historical Society of Princeton’s Historical Fiction Book Group, co-sponsored by the Princeton Public Library, immerses readers in the world of a historical time and place, who 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, as well as what it means to engage with and use our past in a contemporary publishing moment.
May 1, 2018: The Last Town on Earth by Thomas Mullen, with Michael Merrill, Professor of Professional Practice and LEARN Director, Rutgers Labor Education Center.
February 22, 2018: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles, with Prof. Elena Fratto of Princeton University.
November 15, 2017: Burr by Gore Vidal, with Prof. Paul Clemens of Rutgers University
September 20, 2017: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead, with Prof. Mekala Audain of The College of New Jersey