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Newcomb Alumnae Book Clubs

Newcomb regional book clubs take place every fall and spring semester. The aim is to bring alumnae together in each city for an evening of conversation. Contact with any questions and join our Facebook group to follow along in virtual discussions.

The fall 2019 book is The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner.

Overview: It’s 2003 and Romy Hall, named after a German actress, is at the start of two consecutive life sentences at Stanville Women’s Correctional Facility, deep in California’s Central Valley. Outside is the world from which she has been severed: her young son, Jackson, and the San Francisco of her youth. Inside is a new reality: thousands of women hustling for the bare essentials needed to survive; the bluffing and pageantry and casual acts of violence by guards and prisoners alike; and the deadpan absurdities of institutional living, portrayed with great humor and precision.

Stunning and unsentimental, The Mars Room is “wholly authentic...profound...luminous” (The Wall Street Journal), “one of those books that enrage you even as they break your heart” (The New York Times Book Review, cover review)—a spectacularly compelling, heart-stopping novel about a life gone off the rails in contemporary America. It is audacious and tragic, propulsive and yet beautifully refined and “affirms Rachel Kushner as one of our best novelists” (Entertainment Weekly).

Join us in New Orleans on November 12th from 6:00-7:00 p.m. for a reading by Rachel Kushner!

Fall 2019 Book Club Locations

Volunteers from across the country are hosting discussion groups nationwide; find one near you and join in the fun! For more information on the Newcomb Alumnae Book Club, contact Alyssa Liehr at

Austin, TX
Saturday, November 9th | 1:00 p.m.
Hosted by Abbey Moore Graf (NC '01) and Rebekah Dobrasko (NC '01) 
9614 Woodvale Drive
Austin, TX 78729
Please respond to or (512) 914-7792 by November 6. The book club will be held outdoors, weather permitting. 

Boulder, CO
Sunday, October 20th | 2:00 p.m.
Hosted by Julie Leonard (NC '80)
1534 Marshall Road
Boulder, CO 80305
Please respond to by October 15th. Light refreshments will be served.

Charlottesville, VA
Wednesday, November 20th | 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Hosted by Maggie (Moore) Bourgeois NC ’67, Karen (Russi) Wright NC ’72, Courtney (Slafter) Doyle NC ’05, and Marie Bourgeois NC ’00
876 Broomley Road
Charlottesville, VA 22901
Please respond to or (434) 293-5688 by November 15.

Chicago, IL
Saturday, October 5th | 10:00 a.m.
Hosted by Pris Mims (NC '74) and Marti Levy (NC '77)

Cincinnati/Dayton, OH
Friday, October 25th | 12:00 p.m.
Hosted by Gail Knudtson Hodge (NC '61)
The Golden Lamb
27 S. Broadway Street
Lebanon, OH 45036
Please respond to by October 23.

Dallas, TX
Tuesday, October 29th | 7:30 p.m.
Hosted by Dana Zale Gerard (NC '85) and Laurie Finger Berger (NC '88) 
12007 Arbargee Circle
Dallas, TX 75230
Dinner will be served. Please respond to by October 22. Please share dietary restrictions upon response. 

Greenville, SC
Wednesday, November 6th | 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Melissa Memolo Nichols (NC '95) 
11 Henigan Lane
Greenville, SC 29609
Please respond to (864) 404-0812 or by November 1. Potluck-style gathering. 

Harlingen, TX
Friday, October 4th | 5:30 p.m.
Hosted by Ann Talbot Roberts (NC '67) and Marcela Fernandez (NC '00)

Houston, TX
Monday, October 7th | 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Andi Schippert Richardson (NC '99)

Memphis, TN
Thursday, November 7th | 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Rose R. Rich (NC '64)
6619 Rue Beaumonde Drive
Memphis, TN 38120
Please respond to or 901-596-8939 by November 1. Refreshments will be served.

Miami, FL
Saturday, November 23rd | 11:00 a.m.
Hosted by Louise Bordeaux Silverstein (NC '67)
6301 Collins Ave #1905
Miami Beach, FL 33141
Please respond to by November 9. Brunch will be served.

Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, November 3rd | 10:30 a.m.
Hosted by Clark Goldenrod (NC '10) and Amber McCalla (NC '10)
Funky Grits
805 E 38th Street
Please respond to or (334) 430-0943 by October 27. 

New Orleans, LA
Wednesday, November 13th | 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Newcomb Alumnae Association
Newcomb Institute, third floor of The Commons, Tulane University
43 Newcomb Place, New Orleans, LA 70115
Please respond to by Novebmer 8. Light refreshments will be served.

New York, NY
Wednesday, October 16th | 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Rachelle Galanti Parker (NC '69)
825 West End Avenue, Apt. 12G
New York, NY 10025
Please respond to by October 9. Light refreshments will be served.

Salt Lake City, UT
Wednesday, October 16th | 6:00 p.m.
Hosted by Maeve McClellan (SE '11)
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Please respond to by October 2nd. The restaurant will be chosen based on the number of attendees.  

San Diego, CA
Thursday, November 14th | 6:30 p.m.
Hosted by Stephanie Antin (NC '89)
San Diego, CA 92109
Please respond to by November 7th. Address will be provided upon response. Pot-luck style gathering. 

San Francisco, CA
Saturday, September 28th | 2:00 p.m.
Hosted in the home of Tina Hinckley (NC '65)
Book discussion led by Katie Wilczak (NC ’07)

Seattle, WA
Sunday, October 20th | 2:00 p.m.
Hosted by Erin Reiner (B '16, LA '16) and Mary Osetinsky (SE '15)
4220 S. Othello Street
Seattle, WA 98118
Please respond to by October 11th. Light refreshments will be served.

Tampa, FL
Thursday, October 17th | 7:00 p.m.
Hosted by Lorien Smith Johnson (NC '88)
3107 W. Fair Oaks Avenue
Please respond to by October 16. Pot-luck style gathering.

Washington, D.C.
Thursday, October 24th | 7:00-9:00 p.m.
Hosted by Holly Harmuth Clement (NC '79, L'82)
1207 Meadow Green Lane
McLean, VA 22102
Please respond to by October 19. Light refreshments will be served.