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Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian: A Novel - JCC of Greater Buffalo December 1, 2021, 10:09 pm

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Marie Benedict & Victoria Christopher Murray, The Personal Librarian: A Novel

October 25 | 8:00 pm

Bringing New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray, to your living room! Join us virtually for a live author talk and Q & A session. 

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 to leave a lasting legacy that enriched our nation.

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. She is 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 the alleged Portuguese heritage that lets her pass as white—her complexion is dark because she is African American.

Member/Community virtual ticket: $6.00
Hardcover book + free ticket: $36.00

ZOOM LINK: You will receive two reminder emails with your unique Zoom link, 24 hours and again 1 hour before the program. Please search your inbox for those emails from The Marcus Jewish Community Center of Atlanta. If you don’t see the emails, please check your SPAM/JUNK folder.


Katie Wzontek
(716) 204-2084


2640 N Forest Rd
Getzville, NY 14068 United States
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