Diane Rehm Book Club — "The Children Act" by Ian McEwan

Wednesday, May 25, 2022 at 1:00 p.m. (US/Eastern)

The Diane Rehm Book Club selection for May is “The Children Act” by Ian McEwan. 

This 2014 novel, by the bestselling author of “Atonement,” tells the story of a British judge who must decide the fate of a 17-year-old cancer patient who has refused treatment based on his faith. While making this emotional decision, the judge faces upheaval and betrayal in her own life. 

In the end, “The Children Act” is both an exploration of religion versus science and the state, and a portrait of a woman whose orderly world seems to be falling apart. 

Join Diane Rehm and a panel of guests on Wednesday, May 25, at 1 p.m. ET for an in-depth conversation about this striking novel. Diane will be joined by Naomi Cahn, Justice Anthony M. Kennedy Distinguished Professor of Law and
co-director of the Family Law Center, University of Virginia School of Law; Barrie Hardymon, senior editor at NPR and frequent panelist for books on NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour; and Nathan K. Hensley, associate professor of English, Georgetown University.

You are welcome to submit any questions here for Diane and the panelists. You’ll also have an opportunity to share feedback and ask questions during the virtual event.



To participate, you must register by 12 p.m. ET on May 25. All registered participants will receive an email with instructions on how to connect to our virtual event on Zoom. Live closed captioning will be available. We will also live stream the event on Facebook. You can tune in on our Facebook page, with or without a Facebook account. 


If you have further questions, please contact us at [email protected]

Registration Information

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

1:00 - 2:00 p.m. (US/Eastern)


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