History through the Lens of Fiction
A Discussion of Two Novels
With Mark Scarbrough

Join us as Mark leads us through a discussion of two novels that depict real historical events but through the lens of fiction.
July 8: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander is a hilarious and haunting examination of the burdens and abuse of history, propelled with unstoppable rhythm and filled with existential musings and mordant wit.
The New York Times wrote, “Other fiction writers have gotten this fresh with Anne Frank. But they don’t get much funnier…He brings to mind Woody Allen, Joseph Heller and a libido-free version of Philip Roth…It’s a tall order for Mr. Auslander to raise an essentially comic novel to this level of moral contemplation. Yet Hope: A Tragedy succeeds shockingly well.”

August 12: Winner of the Man Booker Prize and a New York Times Notable Book, Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders is set in February 1862. President Lincoln’s beloved eleven-year-old son, Willie, lies upstairs in the White House, gravely ill, and in a matter of days, dies. From that seed of historical truth, George Saunders spins an unforgettable story of familial love and loss that breaks free of its realistic, historical framework into a supernatural realm both hilarious and terrifying.

Mark Scarbrough started his professional life as an academic whose focus was Chaucer and Harriet Beecher Stowe. After several years teaching, he resigned and moved to New York to write. In New York, he met and married Bruce Weinstein. Together, they have written more than two dozen cookbooks, and have appeared on The Today Show, CBS This Morning and The View. His website is bruceandmark.com.

Sundays, July 8 & August 12, 1 – 2:30 pm

Space is limited.
Registration is required.

Oliver Wolcott Library
160 South Street