Jim Schley leads this community discussion on Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malindo Lo, the 2023-24 statewide read book selection from Vermont Reads. Copies available at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library. This is free, in-person program at the Kellogg-Hubbard Library in the Hayes Room.
Lo’s book is about teenager Lily Hu, who 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.
Last Night at The Telegraph Club explores themes of self-acceptance, familial and cultural ties, US/China relations, LGBTQ+ and Feminist history, McCarthyism and xenophobia, music of the 1940s and 1950s, and the Asian American experience, among others.