The Madwoman's Book Club

Madwoman Disordered Cosmos

Welcome to the Madwoman's book club, as featured in the New York Times and Vanity Fair

This thinking woman's book club will provide a forum for adult women (18+) to socialize over a book related to chess or intellectual discovery. No technical chess knowledge required. 

The club name is inspired by the history of the chess queen, once the weakest piece on the board. Around 1500, she became the powerhouse we know now. That game was at first derided as "the madwoman's chess game", but now it is just known as chess. 

Our first session covered the book that was adapted into a hit Netflix Series, the Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis. 

The sessions will last 90 minutes and also feature occasional guests, mini-chess lessons and more. They are co-hosted by Women's committee chair Adia Onyango and Women's Program Director Jennifer Shahade. We also offer adult women beginner classes for US Chess Members. 

Our next session is on May 21st at 8 PM ET when we'll discuss The Disordered Cosmos by Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein and will feature the author for the first 30 minutes of the class. Sign up for May 21st's session here:

Sign up for the general club list to get call in credentials and future updates here:

Previous Sessions: 

April 16: The Eight by Katherine Neville, featuring special guest Neville.

February 26: The Queen of Katwe by Tim Crothers, featuring special guest Phiona Mutesi 

January 22: Mind and Matter: A Life in Math and Football by John Urschel and Louisa Thomas, featuring guests Urschel and Thomas

December 18th: Mastermind: How to Think Like Sherlock's Holmes by Maria Konnikova, featuring guest Konnikova

November 13th, The Queen's Gambit by Walter Tevis 

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