BookTrib was joined by two incredible authors, Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, to discuss their new release, The Personal Librarian. Together, they bring to life the story of Belle da Costa Greene, personal librarian to financier J.P. Morgan. For a woman at the start of the 20th century, her position was unprecedented, and the story would have been fascinating enough if that was all there was to it. Except, Belle also had a secret. She was a Black woman “passing” as white.

Here, Benedict and Murray discuss co-writing the novel, a remarkable collaboration through which two creative soul mates pieced together the captivating tale of a woman whose legacy resides in the creation of New York City’s Morgan Library.


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