SOLD OUT! Book Launch with Jane Roper


The Washington Post

“Roper’s latest is a hilarious romp… she manages a fine balance between quippy humor and genuine emotion.”

—STARRED Booklist

Join us Tuesday, April 4 at 7:30 p.m. to celebrate the launch of Melrose author Jane Roper’s new novel, The Society of Shame (Vintage/Anchor).

Named one of the “most anticipated books of 2023” by The Washington Post, the book is both a satire of social media stardom and internet activism, and a tender mother-daughter tale.

The evening will include a brief reading, a conversation with writer Sara Reish Desmond, also of Melrose, and audience Q&A, followed by light refreshments. Books will be available for purchase, courtesy of Molly’s Bookstore.

Suggested Donation for the event is $10 per person to support the work of Follow Your Art. A donation is not required to register.

Roper’s novel, The Society of Shame, is about what happens when a photo of a politician’s wife’s “feminine hygiene malfunction” goes viral, launching her to unwanted fame as the figurehead for a new women’s movement, #YesWeBleed.

“A novel that takes back shame while packing a funny and poignant punch… Astutely written, with the perfect balance among humor, heartbreak, and understanding.”

STARRED Kirkus Reviews ★

About the Authors

A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Jane Roper is the author of two previous books, Eden Lake and Double Time, and numerous essays and humor pieces. Jane is also a writer in residence of the Writers Studio at Follow Your Art where she teaches.

Event host Sara Reish Desmond holds an MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts. Her award-winning short fiction has appeared in The Kenyon Review, The Los Angeles Review, Front Porch, Waterstone Review and elsewhere.

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