Read what THNOC reads with the Fine Print Book Club (FPBC)! Join us as we read books related to the history of New Orleans and the Gulf South, then participate in the virtual book discussions with staff, authors, and fellow readers.

The FPBC is an informal learning program intended to promote dialogue and connections within our community through shared reading. Books and topics vary from popular to academic, and each reading will center upon building and reevaluating our knowledge of history and culture. The schedule will be announced well in advance so that everyone has plenty of time to read the book.

Participation in the Fine Print Book Club is free, and attendees are expected to obtain their own copy of each title, and registration is required. Sessions will be conducted on Zoom, and the meeting link will be distributed to registrants via email the day prior. 

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Cover of The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr.
Virtual discussion with the author Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at 7 p.m. CDT
Admission is free. | Registration is required.
This program will take place online via Zoom.




The Fine Print Book Club’s summer reading selection is The Prophets, the critically acclaimed, award-winning debut novel by Robert Jones Jr., who will join participants for this virtual discussion.

Set in the antebellum South, The Prophets recounts the forbidden love between two enslaved men, Samuel and Isaiah, and a betrayal that has the potential to destroy them. As readers follow the journey of Samuel and Isaiah, they encounter of wide range of characters who, together, give voice to the centuries-old history of the Black queer experience. 

The Prophets was a finalist for the 2021 National Book Award and was chosen as a best book of the year by numerous outlets, including NPR, USA Today, BuzzFeed, and Library Journal. The paperback edition is available at The Shop at The Collection for $18. (Remember, current THNOC members receive a 10% discount on all purchases at THNOC’s museum store.)

Robert Jones Jr. (c) Alberto Vargas RainRiver Images
Robert Jones Jr. | ©Alberto Vargas

About the author
With a writing style that has been compared to Toni Morrison’s and James Baldwin’s, Robert Jones Jr. has written for The New York Times, Essence, and The Paris Review. He also contributed to Four Hundred Souls and The 1619 Project, two highly praised anthologies centered on the generational impacts of the African diaspora and slavery in the United States. He is the creator and curator of the social justice social media community Son of Baldwin

Content warning
The Prophets contains content about slavery, racism, homophobia, violence, suicide, and sexual assault.






We are deeply grateful to have you as a part of the THNOC community. If you are able, we hope you will consider becoming a member or making a donation to help sustain the Fine Print Book Club and programs like it.