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Vermont Reads

Vermont Reads: Outright Vermont Discussion

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May 20: 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Last Night at the Telegraph Club book cover

Teenager Lily Hu is fully immersed in the life and culture of San Francisco’s Chinatown, home to Chinese immigrant families like hers. But as she comes of age in the 1950s, her passion for rockets and space exploration is matched by her curiosity about the Telegraph Club, located in a neighboring part of the city her parents have asked her to avoid.

Lily and her new friend, Kathleen, begin to sneak out at night to the club, which hosts performances by Tommy Andrews, a woman who dresses and performs in a traditionally masculine style. Kath and Lily’s interest in each other continues to grow despite the very real danger faced by two girls falling in love in 1954.

At the same time, McCarthy-era fears about Communism, coupled with ongoing anti-Asian hate, shake the stability of the Chinese community and threaten to engulf Lily’s own father.

Join Outright Vermont as we explore the Vermont Reads book of the year “Last Night at the Telegraph Club.” This event will have discussion and activities that explore the themes of this book set in the 50s and how they are relevant today. Come share your ideas, opinions, and perspectives! This is a free, in-person program in the Hayes Room of the Kellogg-Hubbard Library.

No pre-registration necessary. Just drop by!







May 20
6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
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Michelle Singer
(802) 223-3338


Kellogg-Hubbard Library
135 Main St
Montpelier, VT 05602 United States
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