Book Club selections echo STC’s productions by having similar themes, stories and characters or by providing new contexts to the plays and their authors. Led by staff members from STC’s Education team, Book Club gatherings are comfortable, fun and promise great discussions. There is no commitment to join—come to one gathering or all of them. For The Amen Corner, Book Club will discuss Go Tell It on the Mountain by James Baldwin.
First published in 1953, Baldwin’s first major work is a semi-autobiographical novel that has established itself as an American classic. With lyrical precision, psychological directness, resonating symbolic power, and a rage that is at once unrelenting and compassionate, Baldwin chronicles a fourteen-year-old boy’s discovery of the terms of his identity as the stepson of the minister of a storefront Pentecostal church in Harlem one Saturday in March of 1935. Baldwin’s rendering of his protagonist’s spiritual, sexual, and moral struggle of self-invention opened new possibilities in the American language and in the way Americans understand themselves.
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