The WashU Libraries Book Club is now virtual!
Get comfy and join us from home via Zoom as we explore titles focusing on history, medicine, travel, adventure, rare book, and literature. October's selection is "The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet" by David Mitchell.
Registration is required! Register here to get access to virtual book club meetings.
When Dutchman Jacob de Zoet arrives at the Dejima trading post—the only part of Japan open to foreigners—in 1799, all he really hopes for is to earn enough money to impress his prospective father-in-law. Yet as he forms a friendship with the midwife Orito Aibagawa, he finds himself drawn into a web of intrigue that encompasses both the material and supernatural realms.
Book Club will begin with a presentation on rangaku, or Western learning, with a particular emphasis on medical texts. This will be followed by a discussion.
Free and open to all!