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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 - January 2017

  • King Lear
    by William Shakespeare.
    Hosted by: Roland Greene

    "King Lear is the most soul-baring of Shakespeare's tragedies. The play explores all at once the limits of political power, the pull of family, and the frailty of human existence. Moreover, it reveals the thought of a moment in which England was ruled by a new king and the intellectual world was changing quickly in light of new discoveries and insights. Having recently experienced the play's power for Stanford undergraduates, I believe it will speak to alumni even more urgently."

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

Upcoming Books

  • 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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