Virtual Book Group; or ‘The Taming of the Zoom’ – ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ by James Baldwin
Wed 25 Nov 2020
7:00pm at a laptop screen near you!
Mr B’s book groups are back!
Of course, we would love nothing more that to open the doors at 13-15 John Street and fill the place with bibliophiles eager for a book-based natter, but annoyingly we’re still stuck in a global pandemic. We’ve decided that’s not going to stop us, so we’re going virtual! Our book groups may look a little different for now, but will be just as joyously bookish as always.
We’re rounding off the year with a modern classic, ‘If Beale Street Could Talk’ by James Baldwin.
Harlem, the black soul of New York City, in the era of Aretha Franklin and Ray Charles. The narrator of Baldwin’s novel is Tish nineteen, and pregnant. Her lover Fonny, father of her child, is in jail accused of rape. Flashbacks from their love affair are woven into the compelling struggle of two families to win justice for Fonny. To this love story James Baldwin brings a spare and impassioned intensity, charging it with universal resonance and power.
‘If Beale Street Could Talk affirms not only love between a man and a woman, but love of a type that is dealt with only rarely in contemporary fiction – that between members of a family’ Joyce Carol Oates
Attending our book group is completely free – just register above to reserve your space in the group, and we will drop you an email just before the event with the link to the group chat.