The Friends of VCU Libraries Book Club will meet Sunday, Sept, 6 at 2pm via Zoom. We will discuss Scholarship Boy: Meditations on Family and Race by Larry Palmer. From the publisher’s website:

“In 1958, fourteen-year-old Larry Palmer left his parents and nine siblings at home in St. Louis and boarded a train to attend Phillips Exeter Academy (then an all boys’ school) on full scholarship. In Scholarship Boy Palmer reflects on his experiences as a young black boy growing up far from home, learning to fit into a white world without becoming estranged from his closely-knit family.”

Palmer, now a Richmond resident, will join us for the discussion which is open to the public. To attend, please send an email to

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