Club Book Episode 135 Victoria Christopher Murray

Victoria Christopher Murray boasts more than 30 books to her credit – and is as versatile as she is prolific. Her writing runs the gamut from contemporary romance, to teen novels, to short story collections and even Christmas novellas. Over the course of her career to date, Murray has received an NAACP Image Award, the Phillis Wheatley Trailblazer Award for African American Fiction, and nine African American Literary Awards. Murray’s latest is her first foray into historical fiction. Co-authored with New York Times bestselling author Marie Benedict, The Personal Librarian tells the story of banking magnate J.P. Morgan’s collection curator. Throughout Belle da Costa Greene’s distinguished career, her Black heritage made it difficult to navigate the racist and classist society of her patrons. NPR lauded: “Benedict, who is white, and Murray, who is African American, do a good job of depicting the tightrope Belle walked, and her internal conflict from both sides.”

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