Recognized as 2021 book of the year by NPR, USA Today, BuzzFeed, Library Journal.
The Historic New Orleans Collection’s Fine Print Book Club’s summer reading selection is The Prophets, a critically acclaimed, award-winning debut novel by Robert Jones Jr., who will join participants for a virtual discussion on Wednesday, June 1st, at 7 p.m.
Set in the antebellum South, The Prophets recounts the forbidden love between two enslaved men, Samuel and Isaiah, and a betrayal that has the potential to destroy them. As readers follow the journey of Samuel and Isaiah, they encounter of wide range of characters who, together, give voice to the centuries-old history of the Black queer experience.
The Prophets was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award and was chosen as a best book of the year by numerous outlets, including NPR, USA Today, BuzzFeed and Library Journal. The paperback edition is available at The Shop at The Collection for $18. It can also be found at local independent bookstores, major retailers, and the New Orleans Public Library. The title is also available as an audio book.
Click here to register for the virtual discussion on The Prophets on Wednesday, June 1st, at 7 p.m. This title deals with content related to slavery, racism, homophobia, violence, suicide, and sexual assault.
About The Fine Print Book Club
The Fine Print Book Club is an informal learning program intended to promote dialogue and connections within our community through shared reading. Books and topics vary from popular to academic, and each reading will center upon building and reevaluating our knowledge of history and culture.
Participation in the Fine Print Book Club is free, and attendees are expected to obtain their own copy of each title. Registration is required. Sessions will be conducted on Zoom, and the meeting link will be distributed to registrants via email the day prior.
To learn more about the Fine Print Book Club, email BookClub@hnoc.org.