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Circulating Ideas - 27 July 2021

Steve Thomas
Steve Thomas
Circulating Ideas facilitates conversations with the innovative people and ideas inspiring libraries to grow and thrive in the 21st century. This newsletter dives deeper into those conversations.
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The Morgan Library & Museum
The Morgan Library & Museum
As a lifelong book lover and library user, I have always been enchanted by the Morgan Library and its collections. Biographical novels and early twentieth century history are also favorites of mine so when I saw the announcement for The Personal Librarian, I knew it was for me. It was so much more than I could have hoped for! Authors Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray have brought J.P. Morgan’s first librarian Belle da Costa Greene to life with authenticity and care, beginning with her time at Princeton’s exalted Firestone Library, her love of illuminated manuscripts which led her to her career as the Morgan Library’s first librarian and director, curating one of the finest private libraries for one of the richest, most powerful men in a building specially designed by Charles McKim.
This novel is not only a history and homage to one of the world’s greatest private libraries, it is also a social history, told through Belle, an exceptional young woman fighting for equality both as a woman and as a Black woman passing as a white woman of Portuguese descent. 
Benedict and Murray turn Belle’s story into pure magic. There is much for book clubs to discuss; book lovers will be enthralled with the descriptions of the beginnings of the Morgan Library. Readers wanting to know more about Greene should turn to her biography An Illuminated Life by Heidi Ardizzone.
Jennifer Winberry, Hunterdon County Library, NJ
Episode 204
204: Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray – Circulating Ideas
204: Transcript
Book Club Kit
On the Importance of Libraries by Marie Benedict and Victoria Christopher Murray
More About Belle da Costa Greene
The Women Who Made the Morgan: Belle da Costa Greene, Felice Stampfle, and Edith Porada
The Women Who Made the Morgan: Belle da Costa Greene, Felice Stampfle, and Edith Porada
Belle da Costa Greene, the Morgan’s First Librarian and Director | History of the Morgan | The Morgan Library & Museum
An Illuminated Life | Heidi Ardizzone
Belle da Costa Greene - Wikipedia
More About Marie Benedict
MARIE BENEDICT - Home
Author Marie Benedict brings a brilliant but forgotten female scientist's story out of the shadows
More About Victoria Christopher Murray
Victoria Christopher Murray
Victoria Christopher Murray (@VictoriaECM) | Twitter
ReShonda Tate Billingsley
Recirculated
Don’t get me wrong, I love chatting with librarians about their craft and their philosophy about the profession, but it’s fun to take a diversion every so often and speak to authors, especially when their books are related to libraries! Here are some previous author interviews that have been on the show.
198: Imbolo Mbue
189: Esther Safran Foer
183: January LaVoy
181: Susan Elia MacNeal
28: Cory Doctorow
I teamed up with Allison and Michelle from the Authors are Rockstars! podcast to produce a short series of interviews together, in a series we called Librarians are Rockstars!
Tom Angleberger
Gwenda Bond
Gene Luen Yang
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