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Panel discussion: Civil rights in Caroline, or Change and The Help

(L-R) Bookclub-in-a-Box writer Rona Arato with cast members Nicholas Rice, Arlene Duncan, and Sterling Jarvis.

This Wednesday, Bookclub-in-a-Box co-hosted the Acting Up Stage Company’s Toronto production of the Tony Award–winning musical Caroline, or Change. For this one night only, we were proud to have Rona Arato, co-author of our discussion guide for Kathryn Stockett’s book The Help, taking part in a post-show discussion, joined by cast members Arlene Duncan (Caroline), Sterling Jarvis (the Dryer/the bus driver), and Nicholas Rice (Grandpa Gellman), and moderated by Associate Producer Elenna Mosoff.

What drew us to this particular show? Caroline, or Change, written by Tony Kushner, tells the story of a black maid working for a Jewish family in Louisiana in the midst of the Civil Rights Movement. The parallels between this show and The Help are many, and so we sought to explore them with the help of the cast.

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Now available: the Bookclub-in-a-Box guide to Paula McLain's The Paris Wife

We’re excited to announce that as of today, the discussion guide for Paula McLain’s much-buzzed-about, Jazz Age–era fictional memoir, written from the perspective of Ernest Hemingway’s first wife, Hadley, is now available in print and PDF. Every guide includes:

· Novel Synopsis
· Author Information
· Character Analysis
· Themes, Writing Style & Structure, and Symbols
· Discussion Questions
· Important Quotes from the Novel
· Special section on the real Hemingway and his work
· A one-on-one Q&A with Paula McLain about Hemingway, research methods, and her next novel (about Marie Curie)! (more…)

Win two tickets to the musical Caroline, or Change

That’s right, we’re giving away two tickets to the January 25 performance of the award-winning musical Caroline, or Change.

To enter, just email laura [at] bookclubinabox [dot] com with your first and last name—it’s that easy. For additional ways to enter, find Bookclub-in-a-Box on Facebook and Twitter. Bookclub-in-a-Box will be there after the show discussing the parallels between Caroline, or Change and Kathryn Stockett’s civil rights–era novel The Help. See you there!

Contest ends on Friday, January 13 at 5 p.m. ET. To purchase tickets via the Acting Up Stage Company, click here.

About the show: Caroline, an African-American maid to a Southern Jewish family, is struggling to keep afloat both emotionally and economically, while the young son of her employer tries to make sense of the world following the death of his mother. A Tony, Olivier, Drama Desk, Lucille Lortel and Obie award-wining musical—and the only musical of the 21st century on New York Magazine’s shortlist for “The Greatest Musical of All-Time”—Caroline, or Change mixes fact and fantasy, symbolism and reality, plus a wide palette of musical styles to tell the story of ordinary people facing extraordinary change.

Happy New Year, bibliophiles! Preorder your guide to Paula McLain's The Paris Wife today

Hope you enjoyed some time off over the holidays with your loved ones. After enjoying many feasts with our own families, Bookclub-in-a-Box is back with a great recommendation for your first read of 2012: Paula McLain’s The Paris Wife, a novel based on the relationship of Ernest Hemingway and his first wife, Hadley, as they made their lives together in Paris in the 1920s. If you’ve read Hemingway’s memoir A Moveable Feast, you’ll love hearing McLain’s interpretation of the heartbreaking story from Hadley’s perspective.

The full Bookclub-in-a-Box discussion guide, available January 20th, will include the following:

· Novel Synopsis
· Author Information
· Character Analysis
· Themes, Writing Style & Structure, and Symbols
· Discussion Questions
· Important Quotes from the Novel
· Special section on Hemingway’s own work
· A one-on-one Q&A with Paula McLain about
Hemingway, her research methods, and her next
novel (about Marie Curie)!

Click here to preorder your guide to The Paris Wife today.