JP Reads to host novelist tonight

Cambridge novelist Madeline Miller will read from her award-winning “Song of Achilles” tonight at Eliot Hall in the culmination of the annual JP Reads event.

JP Reads encourages the entire community to read and discuss a single book. Miller’s 2012 novel, a modern take on the characters in Homer’s Trojan War epic “Iliad,” was this year’s selection.

JP Reads held various talks and readings beginning in March. The program includes a flash-fiction contest, whose winners will appear in an upcoming issue of the Gazette, which is a JP Reads cosponsor.

Miller, a Boston native, spent 10 years writing “Song of Achilles,” her first and so far only novel. It depicts the hero Achilles and his companion Patroclus as lovers. The novel won the 2012 Orange Prize for Fiction (now called the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction), a prestigious U.K. prize for the year’s best novel written by a woman.

Miller’s reading and talk will take place at Eliot Hall, 7a Eliot St. in Monument Square, tonight at 7 p.m. Admission is free, but seating is limited. For more information, see jpreads.org.

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