Seating Arrangements

Sojourn Book Discussion: Seating Arrangements

Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
  • Main Library 2nd Floor
Read and discuss bestselling author Maggie Shipstead's Los Angeles Times Book Prize-winning novel before she appears at Literary Sojourn this fall.

About the book

Seating Arrangements is Maggie Shipstead's irresistible story of a summer New England wedding weekend gone awry—a deliciously biting satirical glimpse into the lives of the well-bred and ill-behaved. The Van Meters have gathered at their family retreat on the island of Waskeke to celebrate the marriage of daughter Daphne—seven months pregnant—to the impeccably appropriate Greyson Duff. The weekend is full of champagne, salt air and practiced bonhomie, but long-buried discontent and simmering lust stir beneath the surface.

Winn Van Meter, father of the bride, is not having a good time. Barred from the exclusive social club he’s been eyeing since birth, he’s also tormented by an inappropriate crush on Daphne’s beguiling bridesmaid, Agatha, and the fear that his daughter, Livia—recently heartbroken by the son of his greatest rival—is a too-ready target for the wiles of Greyson’s best man. When old resentments, a beached whale and an escaped lobster are added to the mix, the wedding that should have gone off with military precision threatens to become a spectacle of misbehavior.

“A keen-eyed rendering of America’s self-invented caste.”
The New Yorker

About the Literary Sojourn Author Study

The Literary Sojourn Author Study is a book discussion series designed to enhance the experience of reading our festival authors. Choose to join in for one or all the conversations as participants read and gather to talk about works from each of the featured writers. Bud Werner Library provides book copies on loan for each group discussion. All of the discussion titles are also available in audio and e-book formats. Open to anyone interested in participating, discussions are designed to be inclusive, supportive and meet the needs and interests of the group. We will gather in the upstairs magazine reading area of the Bud Werner Library, with comfortable seating overlooking the Yampa River. Sign up at the registration button at the top of this page and you will receive additional information about how to secure a library loan of the book in the reading or listening format of your choice.

Learn more about the library's Literary Sojourn festival of authors on Sept. 9, 2023 in Steamboat Springs.