Join an ¡Adelante! Book Discussion with the Author of The Poisoned Table
Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
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Looking an engaging holiday read? Look no further than AAUW’s ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club pick The Poisoned Table, a “compelling historical novel” written by AAUW member Diane Michael Cantor. The book is based on the writings of renowned British actress Fanny Kemble and her life in 19th-century England and the American South.
Described as “fiction mixed with real-life people and fascinating situations … [to make] a page-turning read,” The Poisoned Table portrays a passionate rivalry between fictional actress Isabel Graves and real-life Shakespearean stage sensation Kemble. A tale of ambition, romance, and betrayal, the novel traces their unconnected adventures and acting careers in the Old and New Worlds, as well as their introduction to the horrors of American slavery. Cantor’s thorough research explores the circumstances that led Kemble, an ardent abolitionist, to pen her famous Journal of a Residence on a Georgian Plantation in 1838–1839. This account, published in England in 1863, is sometimes credited with dissuading Britain from aiding the Confederacy.
Female authors are much less likely than male authors to have their books reviewed in major publications like the New York Times and Harper’s Magazine. That’s why we created the ¡Adelante! Book of the Month Club: to spotlight engrossing stories and writing by women from all backgrounds. We also connect our members to some of the authors we feature through web discussions. Stay in the know about upcoming ¡Adelante! events, or create your own book club.
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