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Vermont Reads: Make Paper Lanterns with Radiate Art Space

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April 21: 3:00 pm

This year’s Vermont Reads pick, Last Night at the Telegraph Club by Malinda Lo, includes a Lunar New Year celebration in 1954 San Francisco’s Chinatown.

Celebrate the book with us by creating beautiful paper lanterns with Radiate Art Space on Sunday, April 21st!

Join us to create your own paper lantern like Lily and her family would have lit at the Lantern Festival concluding their Lunar New Year celebration.

Registration is required.

Please email or call us at (802) 434-3036 to sign up.

This program is held at Radiate in the town center building.


Contact the library to sign up


About the Book

Last Night at the Telegraph Club book coverTeenager 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.








April 21
3:00 pm
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Richmond Free Library
(802) 434-3036


Radiate Art Space
203 Bridge St.
Richmond, 05477 United States
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