04/30/2019 - 7:30pm


WORD is excited to welcome Victoria Shorr to Brooklyn for a discussion of her new novel Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning, which explores the inner lives of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc at pivotal moments in each of their histories. 

Please note that admission to this event requires either a purchase of Midnight OR a $5 admission voucher. Books and vouchers can be purchased online in advance or at the door on the day of the event; advance orders will be available for pickup at the store on the day of the event. The admission voucher functions like a gift card and is good toward $5 off anything in store at WORD on the day of the event only. 


In her new book, Midnight, writer and activist Victoria Shorr examines some of the most important moments in the lives of three significant women: Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc. Shorr’s brief but generous novelistic biographies tell the stories of pivotal moments in the lives of these women as they reconcile with unknown futures, loss, love, and death. Midnight superbly relates the stories of these women and the decisions that have put into motion the rest of their lives. With a narrative crafted from letters, journals, and other primary source documents, Shorr deftly brings Victorian sensibilities, turbulent marriages, and these women’s unflinching spirits to life. Midnight will captivate, enthrall, and fascinate as it showcases the interior lives of three of world history’s important women.


Victoria Shorr’s first novel, Backlands, was named one of Booklist’s top-ten first novels of 2015. She cofounded the Archer School for Girls and the Pine Ridge Girls’ School in South Dakota, the first independent, culturally based, college-prep school for girls on a Native reservation in America. She lives in Pacific Palisades, California.


Midnight: Three Women at the Hour of Reckoning Cover Image
ISBN: 9780393652789
Availability: Available from our distributor; usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: W. W. Norton & Company - March 12th, 2019

Exquisite and nuanced in its storytelling, Midnight crafts intimate, humanizing portraits of Jane Austen, Mary Shelley, and Joan of Arc that ask us to behold the women behind the icons.

$5 admission to this event at our Brooklyn store. Your $5 admission voucher functions like a gift card and can be used toward anything in store on the night of the event only.