Joan of Arc Book Club

  • Free and open to all. (No requirement to be a krewe member!)
  • Register here
  • In-person discussions at The Chicory coffee shop next to Garden District Book Shop, Saturdays 10 a.m. to noon, Sept. 20, Nov. 5, March 11
  • Zoom discussions 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday evenings, Sept. 7, Nov. 16 and March 22
  • Books available at Garden District Book Shop and Frenchmen Art and Books.

Questions to discuss

In-Person Discussion:
Saturday Aug. 20
10 a.m. to noon
The Chicory next to Garden District Book Shop

Virtual Discussion
Wednesday Sept. 7
7-8:30 p.m.
Zoom link


Book cover: Joan of Arc in Her Own Words, translated and compiled by Willard Trask
In-Person Discussion:
Saturday Nov. 5
10 a.m. to noon
The Chicory next to Garden District Book Shop

CANCELED Virtual Discussion
Wednesday Nov. 16
7-8:30 p.m.


book cover: The Language of Fire by Stephanie Hemphill
In-Person Discussion:
Saturday March 11
10 a.m. to noon
The Chicory next to Garden District Book Shop

Virtual Discussion
Wednesday March 22
7-8:30 p.m.
Zoom link


Book Club Discussion Questions for “Joan” 

  • What does the term “historical fiction” mean to you? How much liberty do you think an author “should” have in this genre?  When is it “okay” to stretch the truth? What purpose does historical fiction serve? Share a scene from this novel that you takes “too much” liberty with the truth.  Is there a scene that you knew was clearly fictional but felt “allowable” ?
  •  Various critics have noted that Joan seems more in control and accepting of her destiny than in other versions of her story. Indeed, it is her sister Catherine’s whose voice she hears at one point—not the voice of Saint Catherine. Her encounters with her Voices, so emphasized in many other recounts of her story, are less mystical here. Do you like this more earthbound version of Joan? Why or why not?
  • Do you feel this is overall a positive portrayal of Joan of Arc? What aspects of her character did you find realistic and which did you find mythological or symbolic? What do you think Joan of Arc would think of this portrayal of her?
  • In a recent author interview, author Katherine Chen explains that she wrote some scenes based on her own life and that the domestic violence thread was related to her own experiences. What did you think of these particular scenes? Were there any parts of this novel that you could personally relate to?
  •  What surprised you the most about this portrayal of Joan? What did you learn? Were there any scenes or references that compelled you to do further research on your own?
  • What characters other than Joan did you find to be memorable? Were there any characters in particular that you were introduced to here, that you want to learn more about?