Loyal Blues Book Club with Evviva

  • Evviva Weintraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries.

    Evviva Weintraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries

    Evviva Weinraub Lajoie, Vice Provost for University Libraries hosts our virtual book club exclusively for Loyal Blues.

    You’ll have the opportunity to connect with alumni and friends, all while having an expert educator guide you through several books annually.


    Our Spring Book

    Named one of the best books of 2021 by The Washington Post, this New York Times Best Seller, The Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray, tells the story of Belle da Costa Greene, one of the most prominent librarians in American history.

    An extraordinary woman, Greene ran the Morgan Library for 43 years and not only did she build one of the most important collections of rare books and manuscripts in the United States, but she also transformed an exclusive private collection into a major public resource that continues to this day.

    Greene was famous for her intellect and wit, and she went to great lengths to preserve her carefully curated public identity, passing as white in a deeply segregated and racist society.

    I look forward to delving into the history of the Morgan Library and the story of Belle da Costa Greene with you.

    How it works

    There is no cost to participate. Simply purchase a copy of the book and sign up below to receive emails. This title is available as an audiobook, though a variety of vendors as an eBook, and also through the Public Library through Overdrive. If you have trouble finding a copy, just let us know.

    Spring Reading Cycle

    Once you've signed up, you will receive weekly emails to guide you through the reading period, which will run from March 29 until May 5. You can also join our Facebook Forum to discuss the book and post questions.

    Photo of Jesse R. Erickson, Ph.D., MLIS.

    We're also delighted to share that the book club will be joined by Jesse Erickson, PhD, MLIS, Astor Curator and Department Head, Printed Books and Bindings for the Morgan Library & Museum. Our virtual discussion will be on Thursday, May 5 at 5:30pm.

    Jesse R. Erickson is the Astor Curator of Printed Books and Bindings at the Morgan Library & Museum. Along with Sarah Werner, he is co-editor of the Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America. He worked previously in a joint appointment as Coordinator of Special Collections and Digital Humanities and Assistant Professor in the Department of English in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Delaware.  He served as the Vice President for Programs for the American Printing History Association from 2017 to 2019 and has served on the editorial boards of the University of Delaware Press and Birmingham City University Centre for Printing History and Culture’s journal, Publishing History. His research specializations are in ethnobibliography, alternative printing, non-canonical textuality, Black print culture, and the transnational publishing history of the works of Ouida.

    Video from our book discussion with Jesse Erickson, PhD on The Personal Librarian

    Discussion Questions

Suggest a Book

Have a book that you think might be interesting for the book club to read? Drop us a note and we'll add it to our list of recommendations.