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The Personal Librarian:
​​​​​​​The story of Belle da Costa Greene, personal librarian to J.P. Morgan

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Victoria Christopher Murray is co-author of the instant New York Times Bestseller, The Personal Librarian. This work was based on the real personal librarian of J.P. Morgan, Belle da Costa Greene. A black woman who passed as white, Greene curated one the greatest collections of the Gilded Age. Murray will speak about her own life and work, and what we can learn from the story of this remarkable trusted woman that worked for one of the richest men that ever lived. 
​​​​​​​Victoria Christopher Murray is the New York Times and USA Today best-selling author of more than 30 novels, including the New York Times Instant Best Seller, The Personal Librarian. She has been writing novels full-time for over twenty years.  

Victoria originally self-published her first novel, Temptation and in 2000, Time Warner published that novel. Temptation made numerous bestsellers lists and remained on the Essence bestsellers list for nine consecutive months. In 2001, Victoria received her first NAACP Image Award nomination for Temptation. 

Over her career, Victoria has received numerous awards including the Phyllis Wheatley Trailblazer Award, eleven African American Literary Awards and five NAACP Image Award nominations. In 2016, she won the Image Award for Outstanding Literature for her social commentary novel, Stand Your Ground.   
​​​​​​​With almost two million books in print, Victoria is one of the country’s top African American contemporary authors. 

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