Events Archive: 2020-21

Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race


Richmond-based writer and retired law professor Larry I. Palmer discusses his new book, Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race, with VCU alum, novelist and Emmy Award–winning television director Jeffrey Blount.

The event is free and open to all, but registration is required. For questions or accommodations, please contact the VCU Libraries Events Office at

Watch the Event

A recording of the event is available on the VCU Libraries YouTube channel.

About the Book

In 1958, fourteen-year-old Larry Palmer left his parents and nine siblings at home in St. Louis and boarded a train to attend Phillips Exeter Academy. In Scholarship Boy, Palmer reflects on his experiences as a young black boy growing up far from home, learning to fit into a white world without becoming estranged from his closely knit family. The ninth of 10 children, he illustrates the ways his sibling relationships shaped him as he was also being molded by his elite education. His journey from being the "next-to-the-baby" of his family into adulthood reveals the personal and often hidden costs of cultural migration.

Listen to the author read excerpts from the book.

About the Author

Larry I. Palmer holds degrees from Harvard University and Yale Law School, and he spent most of his career at Cornell University as a law professor and university administrator. He is the author of two scholarly works, Law, Medicine, and Social Justice and Endings and Beginnings. Scholarship Boy is his first book for a general audience.

Buy the Book

Scholarship Boy is available in paperback directly from the publisher, Paul Dry Books. The paperback is also available through major booksellers, including: Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Target. Scholarship Boy is also available in ebook format through Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Apple Books and Bookshop.

Image: Scholarship Boy Cover, courtesy of Paul Dry Books