Event Details


DATE: Sunday, October 17, 2021

TIME: 2:15PM-4:00PM CT

LOCATION: Virtual via Zoom; link will be shared prior to the event

First 15 minutes of the event will be for socializing/resolving technical issues. 


As if torn from the recent college admission scandal headlines, the novel, The Gifted School, examines the machinations of privileged parents to ensure their children, gifted or not, gain admission to a new school for gifted children in their upscale Colorado community.


The Cornell Club of Mid-America and the University of Virginia Club of Kansas City will explore this process and its results in their Sunday, October 17, 2021 book club meeting featuring discussion with the book’s author, Bruce Holsinger. Holsinger is a University of Virginia English Professor and scholar of Medieval English literature and English critical theory. He is a Guggenheim Fellow, a PHD from Columbia, MA from Minnesota and BA from Michigan. He has written several award winning fiction books as well as books and articles on English literature especially in medieval England.


Literary critics have praised the novel: “The Gifted School. . . manages to be both a suspenseful, laugh-out- loud page-turner and an incisive inspection of privilege, race and class” according to the New York Times. The Los Angeles Times described the author as a ” master of clever plots and suspense. The result is a rare sort of book, a domestic drama with the pace of a whodunit.”


The Gifted School is an ideal novel for summer and return to school reading and October discussion.

Event questions: Marty Lustig ’63

Registration questions: Cole Johnston ’20