Book Club

Shrine Mont and the University of Virginia Press have joined together to create the Virginia House Book Club.  From January through June a UVA Press Book was selected that focuses on place, people, and ideas that affect all of us.  It was a great program and will be repeated in the fall of 2021.

Book club sessions will be monthly and will focus on one UVA Press Book each month. Each session will be moderated and will allow for questions and discussion in breakout groups. There will be a limit of 100 people per session through an online, no-cost registration form located in the monthly book web page.

Books can be purchased through the University of Virginia Press web site at a 30% discount using code identified with the monthly book page.

Contact Shrine Mont if you have any questions.

Click HERE to see the press release and a list of the books we read.

We look forward to seeing you!

 

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February 2021

We Face the Dawn—Oliver Hill, Spottswood Robinson, and the Legal Team That Dismantled Jim Crow by Margaret Edds

February 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shrine Mont, 217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States

This is the first installment in the new Virginia House Book Club brought to you by a partnership between Shrine Mont and UVA Press This book tells the story of Virginians, Oliver Hill and Spottswood Robinson, who initiated and argued one of five cases that combined in the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. When Virginia’s General Assembly retaliated and tried to disbar them, they took the fight to the Supreme Court of the United States and won. This…

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March 2021

Journey on the James—Three Weeks through the Heart of Virginia by Earl Swift

March 26 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shrine Mont, 217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States

This is the second installment in the new Virginia House Book Club brought to you by a partnership between Shrine Mont and University of Virginia Press Enjoy the travels of journalist Earl Swift as he maneuvers the contours of the James from its source in Highland County to Hampton Roads. Stops along the way include Scottsville, Lynchburg, Richmond, and, of course, Lake Moomaw. This book takes sightseeing and canoeing to a new level. Click HERE to purchase the book through…

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April 2021

The Dooleys of Richmond—An Irish Immigrant Family in the Old and New South by Mary Lynn Bayliss.

April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Shrine Mont, 217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States

This is the third installment in the new Virginia House Book Club brought to you by a partnership between Shrine Mont and University of Virginia Press This biography introduces two-generations of an Irish immigrant family in Richmond, Virginia, and follows their economic and philanthropic contributions to the modern city. With their lasting legacy, Maymont, this discussion of the Dooleys allows us to understand the gilded age in Richmond through a new lens.       Click HERE to purchase the…

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May 2021

An American Homeplace by Donald McCaig

May 27 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shrine Mont, 217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States

This is the fourth installment in the new Virginia House Book Club brought to you by a partnership between Shrine Mont and University of Virginia Press A two-hour drive from Shrine Mont, Highland County, Virginia, became the adopted home of writer, Donald McCaig, and his wife, Anne (and the ancestral home of Mary Moomaw!), where they lived in an 18th century farmhouse and raised dogs and sheep in an idyllic environment. This book is the engaging story of two transplanted…

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June 2021

Book Club Event: Against the Hounds of Hell—A Life of Howard Thurman by Peter Eisenstadt

June 24 @ 7:30 pm - 8:30 pm
Shrine Mont, 217 Shrine Mont Circle
Orkney Springs, VA 22845 United States

This is the fifth installment in the new Virginia House Book Club brought to you by a partnership between Shrine Mont and University of Virginia Press This biography chronicles the life of Howard Thurman, “the first significant Black pacifist and the first African American to meet Mahatma Gandhi. He was a mystic, a seeker of God who had considerable impact on the course of twentieth-century liberal religion.” Appointed Dean of Chapel at Boston University’s School of Theology in 1953, Thurman…

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