The Personal Librarian

Richland Library Hosts Author Talk: ‘The Personal Librarian’

Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, bestselling authors of The Personal Librarian, will discuss their book and the extraordinary life of Belle Marion Greener.

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(Columbia, SC) – Richland Library presents: Author Talk: ‘The Personal Librarian’  with authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray from 6:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m., Thursday, September 8 at Richland Library Main (1431 Assembly Street). In partnership with the University of South Carolina, this book discussion and signing serves as the 2022 Richard T. Greener Lecture and will be moderated by Augusta Baker Endowed Chair, Dr. Nicole Cooke.

Benedict and Murray’s New York Times Best Seller tells the remarkable true story of one of Manhattan’s most powerful women, Belle da Costa Greene (born Belle Marion Greener in 1879), the personal librarian to financier J.P. Morgan.

At the turn of the century, she had a prominent career pursuing and curating a collection of rare books, manuscripts, and art that became world-renowned, all while protecting her secret, that she was white-passing. 

Benedict and Murray will discuss the life and legacy of Belle da Costa Greene during this Author Talk / Richard T. Greener Lecture. 

This event is sponsored in partnership by Richland Library, the Augusta Baker Endowed Chair and the Center for Innovation and Inclusion in Higher Education. This Let’s Talk Race program is also made possible thanks to funding from the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation.

For questions, please contact Kimberlei Davis at 803-351-5616 or

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