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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 - September 2016

  • Imperium: A Novel of Ancient Rome
    by Robert Harris.
    Hosted by: Marisa Galvez

    "In his compelling novel about Cicero's rise to power, Robert Harris brings to life the captivating drama of the Roman political world - the ambition, hunger for power, violence, and devious behind-the-scenes deals that make up the theatre of statesmanship. Having learned Latin through Cicero's speeches, I've always been fascinated with the power of the orator's rhetoric, his ability to move people by the sheer craft of his eloquence."

    Marisa Galvez, associate professor of French and by courtesy, of German Studies

Upcoming Books

  • November 2016

    The Book of Hulga by Rita Mae Reese

    Hosted by: John Evans, Jones Lecturer of Creative Writing

  • January 2017

    King Lear by William Shakespeare

    Hosted by: Roland Greene, Mark Pigott KBE Professor in the School of Humanities and Sciences and a professor of English and comparative literature

  • March 2017

    Fun Home: A Family Tragicomic by Alison Bechdel

    Hosted by: Blakey Vermeule, professor of English

  • April 2017

    The Art of Possibility by Rosamund Stone Zander

    Hosted by: Brendan Boyle, consulting associate professor at the

  • May 2017

    Born on a Tuesday: A Novel by Elnathan John

    Hosted by: NoViolet Bulawayo, Jones Lecturer in fiction

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