Monday, May 25, 2009

Joan of Arc Book Club begins July 15

On the day after Bastille Day, we'll be meeting at Garden District Book Shop on Prytania Street at 6:00 p.m. to begin what we hope is an annual tradition...the Joan of Arc Book Club, a three-part series created out of public demand to know more about our "Joanie on the Ponie".

Known to many locals by her golden French Quarter statue, and to others from their Catholic childhoods as "St. Joan", most don't know the amazing details of her short life, nor the additional characters that inhabited it and helped her to succeed--or caused her to fail.

The three selections below were chosen for their range of information, accessibility, and scholarly importance. The group will be led by Garden District Manager and Book Club Diva Deborah McDonald, who, lucky for us, is also a lead member of the Krewe de Jeanne d'Arc.

Each book night we'll have some entertainment to kick off the discussion. For example, for the second book club on September 16th, NOCCA students will read and perform excerpts from Shaw's play.

The Garden District Book Shop will offer a 20% discount for book club participants on these three titles.

JULY 15TH 6-7:15 p.m. JOAN OF ARC: A LIFE by Mary Gordon

SEPTEMBER 16TH 6-7:15 p.m. SAINT JOAN by George Bernard Shaw

NOVEMBER 18TH, 6-7:15 p.m. JOAN OF ARC: HER STORY by by Regine Pernoud and Marie-Veronique Clin.