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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.

The fall 2018 book is Sing, Unburied, Sing by National Book Award winner and Tulane professor Jesmyn Ward.

Overview: Jojo and his toddler sister, Kayla, live with their grandparents, Mam and Pop, and the occasional presence of their drug-addicted mother, Leonie, on a farm on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Leonie is simultaneously tormented and comforted by visions of her dead brother, which only come to her when she’s high; Mam is dying of cancer; and quiet, steady Pop tries to run the household and teach Jojo how to be a man. When the white father of Leonie’s children is released from prison, she packs her kids and a friend into her car and sets out across the state for Parchman farm, the Mississippi State Penitentiary, on a journey rife with danger and promise.

Fall 2018 Book Clubs

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

Alexandria, VA
Tuesday, October 30 | 7-9 pm
Hosted by Patsie Uchello (NC ’76)
2001 Shiver Drive, Alexandria, VA 22307
Please respond to by October 20.

Atlanta, GA
Tuesday, October 16 | 7 pm
Hosted by Livvy Lipson (NC ’68) and Wendy Ludwig (NC ’64)
1401 River Vista Drive, Atlanta, GA 30339
Please respond to by October 9.

Austin, TX
Saturday, November 3 | 1 pm
Hosted by Abbey Moore Graf (NC ’01)
9614 Woodvale Drive, Austin, TX 78729
Please respond to or 512-914-7792 by October 31.

Boca Raton, FL
Thursday, October 11 | 7 pm
Featuring Sally J. Kenney, Ph.D., Executive Director of Newcomb College Institute
Hosted by Deb Carman (NC ’80, L *83), Dori Lynn Neuwirth (NC ’90), and Ally Halperin (NC ’08, B *15)
1101 SW 21st Ave, Boca Raton, FL 33486
Please respond to by October 3.

Chicago, IL
Thursday, October 4 | 6 pm
Hosted by Pris Mims (NC ’74) and Marti Levy (NC ’77)
225 N Columbus Drive, Unit 6508, Chicago, IL 60601
Please respond to or 312-861-0166 by October 1.

Dallas, TX
Tuesday, October 30 | 7:30 pm
Hosted by Dana Zale Gerard (NC ‘85) and Laurie Finger Berger (NC ’88)
12007 Arbargee Circle Dallas, TX 75230
Please respond to by October 23.

Denver, CO
Sunday, October 14 | 2-4 pm
Hosted by Jennifer Kemp Cruseturner (NC ’04)
1422 Forest Street, Denver, CO 80220
Please respond to or 504-296-0716 by October 7.

Harlingen, TX
Friday, October 5 | 6 pm
Hosted by Ann Talbot Roberts (NC ’67)
Stefano’s Brooklyn Pizza, 4201 W. Business 83, Harlingen, TX 78552

Houston, TX
Monday, October 29 | 6:30 pm
Hosted by Cheryl A. Verlander (NC ’70)
5314 Mandell Blvd, Houston, TX 77005
Please respond to or 713-824-7856 by October 24.

Memphis, TN
Monday, November 12 | 7 pm
Hosted by Kathy Shapiro Wexler (NC ’91)
745 W Suggs Drive, Memphis, TN 38120
Please respond to by November 9.

Minneapolis, MN
Sunday, October 7 | 11:00 am
Hosted by Davita Petty (NC ’11) and Clark Goldenrod (NC ’10)
Breaking Bread Café, 1210 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55411
Please respond to by October 1.

New Orleans, LA
Tuesday, October 30 | 6:30 pm
Hosted by Catherine Newstadt Makk (NC ’93) 1434 Toledano Street, New Orleans, LA 70115
Please respond to by October 16.

San Francisco, CA
Sunday, November 4 | 2 pm
Hosted by Katie Wilczak (NC ’07)
Arlequin Cafe, 384 Hayes Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Please respond to by October 27.

For more information, contact
Geneva Longlois-Marney