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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 - March 2016

  • Winesburg, Ohio
    by Sherwood Anderson.
    Hosted by: Judy Richardson

    "Before there was Hemingway, Fitzgerald, or Faulkner, there was Sherwood Anderson, whose quirky book, Winesburg, Ohio (1919), remains an endearing gem of modernist storytelling. This group of interlinked tales experiments with form and plays with the cadences of the American vernacular. I'm drawn to its underlying sense of aching affection for the "twisted apples" the lonely, misfit townsfolk groping for something beyond mere words."

    Judy Richardson, senior lecturer in English and program coordinator for American Studies

Upcoming Books

  • April 2016

    Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

    Hosted by: Andrea Lunsford, Louise Hewlett Nixon Professor of English, Emerita, and former director of the Program in Writing and Rhetoric

  • May 2016

    Memoirs of Hadrian by Marguerite Yourcenar

    Hosted by: Blair Hoxby, associate professor of English

Past Books

  • September 2015

    The Martian, by Andy Weir

    Hosted by: Roger Romani, professor of physics and a member of the Kavli Institute for Particle Astrophysics and Cosmology

  • November 2015

    A Woman Without A Country, by Eavan Boland

    Hosted by: Greg Wrenn, Jones Lecturer in the Creative Writing Program

  • January 2016

    Wolf Hall, by Hilary Mantel

    Hosted by: Paula Moya, professor of English and, by courtesy, of Iberian and Latin American Culture

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