Elliott Bay Book Group

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By John Williams, Daniel Mendelsohn (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9781590178218
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: NYRB Classics - August 19th, 2014

November 2019



In Augustus, his third great novel, John Williams took on an entirely new challenge, a historical narrative set in classical Rome, exploring the life of the founder of the Roman Empire. To tell the story, Williams turned to the epistolary novel, a genre that was new to him, transforming and transcending it just as he did the western in Butcher's Crossing and the campus novel in Stoner. Augustus is the final triumph of a writer who has come to be recognized around the world as an American master.

Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30 PM

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By Jean Toomer, George B. Hutchinson (Introduction by), Zinzi Clemmons (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780143133674
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Penguin Classics - January 8th, 2019

December 2019



Jean Toomer's Cane is one of the most significant works to come out of the Harlem Renaissance, and is considered to be a masterpiece in American modernist literature because of its distinct structure and style. First published in 1923 and told through a series of vignettes, Cane uses poetry, prose, and play-like dialogue to create a window into the varied lives of African Americans living in the rural South and urban North during a time when Jim Crow laws pervaded and racism reigned.


Tuesday, December 3rd at 6:30 PM