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Painting of two girls in 1950s San Francisco in a corner under a streetlamp
Vermont Reads

Vermont Reads Movie Night: The Joy Luck Club

Live Event
March 14: 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm


Join us for a showing of the film The Joy Luck Club, shown in collaboration with Vermont Reads 2023’s Last Night at the Telegraph Club.

This Vermont Reads event is sponsored by Vermont Humanities supported in part by the National Endowment for the Humanities, St. Johnsbury Athenaeum, St. Johnsbury Community Hub, and Catamount Arts.

This event is free, ADA accessible, and open to the public.


ABOUT VERMONT READS 2023: Last Night at the telegraph club

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.







March 14
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Adele West-Fisher
(802) 748-8291


St. Johnsbury Athenaeum
1171 Main St
St Johnsbury, VT 05819 United States
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