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From the Stacks

From the Stacks is Illinois Wesleyan University’s community boBook Club Logook club highlighting alumni authors who have made a significant impact on the world of writing. This quarterly webinar series invites readers to engage with IWU writers in fiction, history, sports, and more, all from the comfort of their own homes. Join us for in-depth discussions and live Q&A sessions that take you inside your favorite stories.

The Office of Alumni Engagement has partnered with local bookstore Bobzbay to offer our book club titles at a discounted price. Use code IWU during checkout at this link to receive 15% off!

If the current book club title is listed as out of stock, please text 309-434-9515 or email and you will be notified as soon as the item is back in stock.

Upcoming Authors

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Empty Theatre: A Novel by Jac Jemc '05
Tuesday, July 9, 2024 | 7 PM CST

Jac Jemc ‘05 is a 2023 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of three novels and two collections of stories. Her story collection False Bingo won the Chicago Review of Books Award for fiction, was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for LGBTQ Speculative Fiction, and was longlisted for The Story Prize. She teaches creative writing at UC San Diego and directs the Clarion Writers’ Workshop for speculative fiction. 

We’ll be discussing Jemc’s latest novel Empty Theatre, which received starred reviews in Kirkus Reviews and Booklist, was featured on NPR’s Weekend Edition, and named a finalist for the California Book Award. Audience members are encouraged to read the book prior to this virtual event and come prepared with questions for the author. IWU has partnered with local bookstore Bobzbay to offer this title at a discounted price. Follow the link above and enter code IWU at checkout for 15% off.

Registration coming soon.

Past Recordings

Leave Out the Tragic Parts: A Grandfather's Search for a Boy Lost to Addiction
Author: Dave Kindred '63
Wednesday, March 27, 2024 | 7 PM CST
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