Events Archive: 2023-24

Community Zoom: Rachel Beanland discusses The House Is On Fire


This series of brief virtual events for the VCU Libraries community highlights timely subjects, celebrates achievements, practices creativity and more. Community Zooms offer opportunities for learning and conversation. They are organized and hosted by the VCU Libraries Development Office.

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Upcoming Sessions 

Oct. 12, 2023
Rachel Beanland discusses The House Is On Fire 

Rachel Beanland will join us to talk about her new novel, The House Is On Fire, based on the true story of the 1811 Richmond Theater fire, which killed 72 people including Virginia's governor. Learn more about the historic event, Rachel's research, and how she brought this important moment in American history to life.

Beanland is the author of two novels, The House Is On Fire (Simon & Schuster, 2023) and Florence Adler Swims Forever (Simon & Schuster, 2020).

The House Is On Fire, which came out in April, was selected as an Indie Next pick by the American Booksellers Association, a ‘GMA Buzz Pick’ by Good Morning America, a “most anticipated” book by the Washington Post, and one of the best books of 2023 (thus far) by The New Yorker.


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