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“The Emancipation of Evan Walls” will launch new book club

As a community group, the Friends of VCU Libraries is always looking for new ways to invite the larger community to enjoy, engage with, and visit VCU Libraries. With the opening of the new building on the Monroe Park Campus a few years ago VCU Libraries now has comfortable, welcoming spaces to invite patrons. With that in mind, the Friends of VCU Libraries announce the beginning of a book club.

The first book will be The Emancipation of Evan Walls by Jeffrey Blount (BS ’81/H&S). The book tells the tale of a black child growing up in the racially charged 1960s. Evan’s desire for a life beyond his small, rural community causes resentment by friends and family and he becomes a target of white kids threatened by the forced integration of their schools. Caught in a crossfire of hate, Evan is often alone and bewildered.

The Friends of VCU Libraries will host our inaugural book discussion later this summer. The book is available locally at Chop Suey Books in Carytown as well as online. Blount will speak at VCU Libraries on the evening on Wednesday, September 18. The program is free and open to the public.