Stockett's novel portrays sharply defined black and white characters in the nascent years of the civil rights movement. Three very different, extraordinary women in Mississippi build an unlikely friendship around a secret writing project that breaks societal rules and puts them all at risk. An immensely popular book, The Help was made into a major motion picture nominated for an Academy Award in 2012.
Is Stockett's book a skillful depiction of the ironies and hypocrisies that defined an era? Or is it a white-washed version of the civil rights movement that praises a white woman as the savior of poor African Americans? Join us for what promises to be a lively discussion led by Stowe Center historic interpreter Sarah Rice.
Refreshments will be served at 5:00 p.m. in the Stowe Visitor Center followed by a one-hour discussion beginning at 5:30 p.m. Registration is suggested: Call (860) 522-9258 ext. 317 or e-mail Info@StoweCenter.org. Free, secure parking is available at the Stowe Center (77 Forest St.) and The Mark Twain House & Museum (351 Farmington Avenue) parking lots.
Nook Farm Book Talks is a collaboration between the Stowe Center and The Mark Twain House & Museum, made possible in part by the Connecticut Humanities Council. Nook Farm Book Talks continue September 20 with a discussion of A Guide to Historic Hartford by Daniel Sterner at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Center.
For more information, call 860-522-9258, ext. 317.