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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.


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.

Book Club Spotlight: The Matchbook Book Club

Once every month, we’ll share the motivation and passion that drives one book club — it could be yours! — from across the globe. These are the people who have combined the solitary pleasure of reading a book with the joy of sharing, discussing, and debating it in a social setting. For September’s Book Club Spotlight, say hello to Joanne from Toronto, who founded the Matchbook Book Club.


New ebooks: Buy the guides to The Help and Book of Negroes for your iPhone or ereader

To make sure you can use our discussion guides anytime, anywhere, we’re converting more guides, old titles and new, into ebooks! The most recent titles we’ve added to our ebook roster include the guides to Lawrence Hill’s The Book of Negroes and Kathryn Stockett’s The Help, which has been reigning supreme at the box office since the new film recently hit theatres.

Search for “Bookclub-in-a-Box” at the Amazon Kindle store, the Kobo store, and the iBookstore to start reading these titles plus the five below on your ereader right away.