Monday, Oct 25, 2021 8:00 PM
Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta on Zoom
A remarkable novel about J. P. Morgan’s personal librarian, Belle da Costa Greene, the Black American woman who was forced to hide her true identity and pass as white in order to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.
The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta welcomes authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray for a discussion of their New York Times bestseller, “The Personal Librarian,” on Monday, October 25, 2021, at 8 PM (EST).
This program is presented in partnership with the National JCC Literary Consortium.
Tickets options are as follows:
-Admit one - $6 (does not include a copy of the book); or
-Admit one for $36 (includes a hardcover copy of “The Personal Librarian.” Price covers shipping.) All books will be shipped after the event.
About the Book
In her twenties, Belle da Costa Greene is hired by J. P. Morgan to curate a collection of rare manuscripts, books, and artwork for his newly built Pierpont Morgan Library. Belle becomes a fixture in New York City society and one of the most powerful people in the art and book world, known for her impeccable taste and shrewd negotiating for critical works as she helps create a world-class collection. But Belle has a secret, one she must protect at all costs. She was born not Belle da Costa Greene but Belle Marion Greener. She is the daughter of Richard Greener, the first Black graduate of Harvard and a well-known advocate for equality. Belle’s complexion isn’t dark because of her alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.
About the Authors
Marie Benedict is a lawyer with more than ten years' experience as a litigator. A graduate of Boston College and the Boston University School of Law, she is the New York Times and USA Today bestselling author of “The Only Woman in the Room,” “The Mystery of Mrs. Christie,” “Carnegie's Maid, The Other Einstein, and Lady Clementine. All have been translated into multiple languages. She lives in Pittsburgh with her family.
Victoria Christopher Murray is an acclaimed author with more than one million books in print. She has written more than twenty novels, including "Stand Your Ground," an NAACP Image Award Winner for Outstanding Fiction and a Library Journal Best Book of the Year. She holds an MBA from the NYU Stern School of Business.