Carmichael's Banned Books Book Club: Giovanni’s Room

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Tuesday, May 21, 2024 - 7:00pm
2720 Frankfort Avenue
Louisville, KY 40206

May’s Pick is Giovanni’s Room by James Baldwin. 

Come join us for the next meeting of the Carmichael's Banned Books Book Club. The club will meet on the third Tuesday of every month (except December) and discuss one banned book and current news on the issue. We are happy to partner with the Kentucky chapter of the ACLU and thank them for their support. This event will be held at our Frankfort Ave location.

About the Book

In the 1950s Paris of American expatriates, liaisons, and violence, a young man finds himself caught between desire and conventional morality.

David is a young American expatriate who has just proposed marriage to his girlfriend, Hella. While she is away on a trip, David meets a bartender named Giovanni to whom he is drawn in spite of himself. Soon the two are spending the night in Giovanni’s curtainless room, which he keeps dark to protect their privacy. But Hella’s return to Paris brings the affair to a crisis, one that rapidly spirals into tragedy.

David struggles for self-knowledge during one long, dark night—“the night which is leading me to the most terrible morning of my life.” With a sharp, probing imagination, James Baldwin's now-classic narrative delves into the mystery of loving and creates a deeply moving story of death and passion that reveals the unspoken complexities of the human heart.

About the Author

JAMES BALDWIN (1924–1987) was a novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. His first novel, Go Tell It on the Mountain, appeared in 1953 to excellent reviews, and his essay collections Notes of a Native Son and The Fire Next Time were bestsellers that made him an influential figure in the growing civil rights movement. Baldwin spent much of his life in France, where he moved to escape the racism and homophobia of the United States. He died in France in 1987, a year after being made a Commander of the French Legion of Honor.


Giovanni's Room (Vintage International) By James Baldwin Cover Image
ISBN: 9780345806567
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Published: Vintage - September 12th, 2013

From one of the most brilliant and provocative literary figures of the past century comes a groundbreaking novel set among the bohemian bars and nightclubs of 1950s Paris, about love and the fear of love—“a book that belongs in the top rank of fiction” (The Atlantic).

One of The Atlantic’s Great American Novels of the Past 100 Years

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Come join us for the next meeting of the Carmichael's Banned Books Book Club to discuss Giovanni's Room by James Baldwin.