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Spring 2018 book selection: The Casual Vacancy


We are partnering with Alpha Chi Omega to read The Casual Vacancy, by J.K. Rowling.

About the book

Often characterized as “a big novel about a small town,” The Casual Vacancy is J.K. Rowling’s first novel for adults. Told against the backdrop of a seemingly perfect English town, it’s a tale of marriage, social class, and political intrigue that shines a light on social issues such as racism, poverty, domestic violence, and addiction. All of this unfolds with Rowling’s characteristic eye for characters and story-telling flair, with a touch of dark humor.

Getting the book

The MIT Libraries has multiple copies of The Casual Vacancy. See the Libraries’ catalog records to check availability for our print copies and an audiobook version. If our copies are not available, you can be added to the waitlist or possibly get the book through Borrow Direct.

Additionally, the MIT Press Bookstore is offering this book at a steep discount to the MIT community, just show your MIT ID when purchasing.

Community discussions

Discussions will take place in April 2018. Check back or sign up for our mailing list to be notified when dates are finalized. Discussions are open to the entire MIT community.