This article was originally published in the October 2017 Princeton Echo.

Katharine Brush, left, Claire Jacobus, and Lilian Grosz. Jacobus is reading from ‘Portraits and Observations,’ essays by Truman Capote.

In the June Echo Patricia A. Taylor explored some of Princeton’s most exclusive institutions: its book clubs and their associated application processes, membership fees, and preferred reading material. Now two new clubs have joined the mix, with book selections reflective of their host organizations’ missions.

Fellowship in Prayer, a nonprofit based at 291 Witherspoon Street that promotes the practice of prayer, meditation, and service, will host the first meeting of its bimonthly “Understanding Religious Conflicts” book club on Tuesday, October 17, at 7:30 p.m. Subsequent meetings will be held the first and third Tuesdays of the month.

Books exploring war, peace, conflict resolution, reconciliation, and civil discourse will be discussed, as well as today’s most serious inter- and intra- religious conflicts. The club will be facilitated by Ephraim Isaac, a widely acclaimed public lecturer on religion, peace, and conflict resolution. The first book is “Enough Said: What’s Gone Wrong with the Language of Politics?” by Mark Thompson, current president and CEO of the New York Times Company.

Understanding Religious Conflicts is open to all adults. Registration is required; contact Rev. Laura Craig at 609-924-6863 or


The Princeton Historical Society has initiated a historical fiction book group. The free discussions will be held at the Updike Farmstead, 354 Quaker Road, on select dates. The next meeting takes place Wednesday, November 15, at 7 p.m. featuring “Burr” by Gore Vidal. Rutgers University history professor Paul Clemens will lead a discussion of the book’s fictional elements and the nonfictional local and regional context.