Gramercy Book Club: Meet Julia May Jonas! Discuss VLADIMIR! Moderated by Ohio State's Sandra Macpherson!

Wednesday, February 23, 2022 - 7:00pm

Author Julia May Jonas will join Gramercy Book Club participants after the discussion of Vladimir, a provocative novel about gender, power, and shame. Ohio State University English professor Sandra Macpherson, an expert in feminist theory, will facilitate the group discussion and interview Jonas. Attendees are encouraged to read the book in advance.

Registration for this virtual book club discussion is on Eventbrite. A general admission ticket to access the event is $5. A ticket that includes the book purchase waives the fee. Please note that registration closes at 5 pm on the day of the program.

The Women's Fund of Central Ohio is Gramercy's Community Partner for this book club program.

Vladimir’s deliciously incisive narrator is a fifty-eight-year-old popular English professor whose charismatic husband at the same small liberal arts college is under investigation for inappropriate relationships with former students. The couple have long had a mutual understanding when it comes to their extra-marital pursuits, but with these new allegations, life has become far less comfortable for them both. And when the narrator becomes increasingly infatuated with Vladimir, a celebrated, married young novelist who’s just arrived on campus, their tinder box world comes dangerously close to exploding.

With this bold, edgy, and uncommonly assured debut, author Julia May Jonas takes us into charged territory, where the boundaries of morality bump up against the impulses of the human heart. Propulsive, darkly funny, and wildly entertaining, Vladimir perfectly captures the personal and political minefield of our current moment, exposing the nuances and the grey area between power and desire. 

Julia May Jonas is a playwright and teaches theater at Skidmore College. She holds an MFA in playwriting from Columbia University and lives in Brooklyn with her family. Vladimir is her debut novel. 

Sandra Macpherson, an Associate Professor of English at The Ohio State University, is an expert in the History of the Novel, and in feminist theory. She is the author of essays in English Literary History and Representations, and of the book, Harm's Way: Tragic Responsibility and the Novel Form.