Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club Meetings


This fall the Book Club will focus on three books that will be featured in VCU Libraries' public events. The Friends Book Club meets monthly on Sunday afternoons. Interested in joining? The club is free and open to all. Contact Erica Brody to join or for more information or (804) 828-2004.

Sept. 24, 2-3 p.m.
James Branch Cabell Library Room 205

The Home Place: Memoirs of a Colored Man’s Love Affair with Nature will be discussed in conjunction with the 2023 Social Justice Lecture featuring J. Drew Lanham Sept. 28. More about the Social Justice Lecture 

About the book: Dating back to slavery, Edgefield County, South Carolina—a place “easy to pass by on the way to somewhere else”—has been home to generations of Lanhams. In The Home Place, readers meet these extraordinary people, including Drew himself, who over the course of the 1970s falls in love with the natural world around him.

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Oct. 15, 2-3 p.m.
James Branch Cabell Library Room 205

Kristen Radtke's Seek You: A Journey Through American Loneliness will be discussed. Seek You is the 2023 VCU Common Book, read by all new students and featured in a lecture by the author on Oct. 11 at 7 p.m. at VCU's Singleton Center for the Performing Arts. The book is available for checkout at VCU’s libraries. More about the Common Book.

About the book, from the publisher’s website: There is a silent epidemic in America: loneliness. Shameful to talk about and often misunderstood, loneliness is everywhere, from the most major of metropolises to the smallest of towns. In Seek You, Kristen Radtke's wide-ranging exploration of our inner lives and public selves, Radtke digs into the ways in which we attempt to feel closer to one another, and the distance that remains.

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Nov. 12, 2-3 p.m.
James Branch Cabell Library Room 205

The Rabbit Hutch will be discussed in conjunction with the 2023 First Novelist Award Night happening at James Branch Cabell Library on Nov. 16 featuring award recipient Tess Gunty. More about the Cabell First Novelist Award 

About the book, from the publisher: Blandine isn’t like the other residents of her building. An online obituary writer. A young mother with a dark secret. A woman waging a solo campaign against rodents — neighbors, separated only by the thin walls of a low-cost housing complex in the once bustling industrial center of Vacca Vale, Indiana. Welcome to the Rabbit Hutch.

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