About the Event

Join us for the launch of our new "Reading Widely" Book Club. We'll ask community members to help us choose a book every month, and we'll get them to join us to discuss the book. 

We're starting off with a recommendation from Eleanor Henderson, author and chair of the Writing Department and the Robert Ryan Professor in the Humanities at Ithaca College.

About the Book

My Monticello by Jocelyn Nicole Johnson is a collection of short stories alongside the title novella. 

A young woman descended from Thomas Jefferson and Sally Hemings driven from her neighborhood by a white militia. A university professor studying racism by conducting a secret social experiment on his own son. A single mother desperate to buy her first home even as the world hurtles toward catastrophe. Each fighting to survive in America.

Colson Whitehead described My Monticello as, “a badass debut by any measure—nimble, knowing, and electrifying.” It comes out in paperback on October 11th, and you can preorder it ahead of time on our website.

Event date: 
Thursday, November 17, 2022 - 5:00pm to 6:00pm
Event address: 
215 N. Cayuga Street
Dewitt Mall
Ithaca, NY 14850
My Monticello: Fiction By Jocelyn Nicole Johnson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781250848536
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Holt Paperbacks - October 11th, 2022