This Season: The 2017 Pulitzer Prize
Tuesday, November 14th at 6pm: The Sport of Kings by C.E. Morgan
Tuesday, January 16th at 6pm: The Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead
At the Shortlist Book Club, attendees read two books nominated for the same literary award: the winner, and one runner-up. Does the judges’ decision stand up to the test of time? And what can the two books tell us about the year that the prize was issued?
In the words of the Pulitzer committee, C.E. Morgan’s The Sport of Kings is a “a daring novel that explores race, the burden of history and other themes of American life on a vast and imaginative canvas.” Hellsmouth, an indomitable Thoroughbred with the blood of Triple Crown winners in her veins, runs for the glory of the Forge family, one of Kentucky’s oldest and most powerful dynasties. Henry Forge has partnered with his daughter, Henrietta, in an endeavor of raw obsession: to breed the next superhorse, the next Secretariat. But when Allmon Shaughnessy, an ambitious young black man, comes to work on their farm, the violence of the Forges’ history is brought starkly into view. Entangled in a web of fear, prejudice, and greed, each tethers their personal dreams of glory to the speed and grace of Hellsmouth.
Attendees are expected to have read the novel (or most of it) in advance of the book club discussion. Paperback copies of The Sport of Kings are available at The Writer’s Block Book Shop. Registration is not required.