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The Disturbing Truth About Monopoly Q&A With Author Mary Pilon at The Gables

November 27 @ 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Tis the season for board games. And Monopoly — where dollars change hands, people languish in jail and properties flip with every roll of the dice — is one of the most popular. The convergence of competition, real estate and luck of the draw characterize, as few other games do, America’s capitalist ethos.

“There’s been a huge renaissance in tabletop games,” says Mary Pilon, author of the bestselling, “Monopolists: Obsession, Fury, and the Scandal Behind the World’s Favorite Board Game.” Pilon will talk about some of the more startling, disturbing discoveries made while researching “Monopolists” on Saturday, Nov. 27, from 1 to 2 p.m. The virtual event, sponsored by The House of the Seven Gables, is free of charge. Those interested may register here.

Pilon says that Monopoly, like many other popular games, has strong roots in New England because Parker Brothers were headquartered in Beverly. George Parker founded George S. Parker Co. in 1883 in his hometown of Salem. Pilon has ties to the area, also. Though she grew up and attended school in Oregon, she visited The House of the Seven Gables a few times as a child. In her freshman year of high school, she wrote a book report on Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel, “The House of the Seven Gables.”


November 27
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm