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Once in a Blue Moon Book Club

Virtual on Zoom

February 10th, February 17th, February 24th, March 3rd, March 10th

Piedmont Opera’s Once in A Blue Moon Book Club will reconvene next month with a reading of Ragtime, by author E.L. Doctorow.


Published in 1975, Ragtime changed our very concept of what a novel could be. An extraordinary tapestry, it captures the spirit of America in the era between the turn of the century and the First World War.


Book Club will meet for five Thursday evenings via Zoom beginning February 10th, with our first meeting being led by Piedmont Opera’s General Director, Jamie Allbritten.


Subsequent meetings will be led by Connie Quinn, Piedmont Opera’s Director of Advancement & Community Engagement, Piedmont Opera’s new Director of Operations, Lindsey Allen.


We will meet via zoom at 7 pm and look forward to discussing the novel, its relevance to current issues, and how its message impacts us all.


Purchase the book from our community partner Bookmarks here!


The story opens in 1906 in New Rochelle, New York, at the home of an affluent American family. One lazy Sunday afternoon, the famous escape artist Harry Houdini swerves his car into a telephone pole outside their house. And almost magically, the line between fantasy and historical fact, between real and imaginary characters, disappears. Henry Ford, Emma Goldman, J. P. Morgan, Evelyn Nesbit, Sigmund Freud, and Emiliano Zapata slip in and out of the tale, crossing paths with Doctorow's imagined family and other fictional characters, including an immigrant peddler and a ragtime musician from Harlem whose insistence on a point of justice drives him to revolutionary violence.


This effort is spearheaded by Piedmont Opera’s Community Engagement Committee.




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