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CLS Book Club: Charleston- A Bloomsbury House & Garden

Join us for the return of CLS Book Club! The next book club selection will be Charleston: A Bloomsbury House and Garden by Quentin Bell and Virginia Nicholson. With the Charleston to Charleston Literary Festival quickly approaching this book will give readers a perfect insight on the history of the Bloomsbury House and its legacy. 

All are welcome and encouraged to bring friends! We suggest you thumb through the book to gain some context for the presentation and discussion, but if that isn't your style you're more than welcome to come into the meeting with no prior knowledge! You will certainly leave eager and interested to learn more!

Set in the heart of the Sussex Downs, Charleston Farmhouse is the most important remaining example of Bloomsbury decorative style, created by the painters Vanessa Bell and Duncan Grant. Quentin Bell, the younger son of Clive and Vanessa Bell, and his daughter Virginia Nicholson, tell the story of this unique house, linking it with some of the leading cultural figures who were invited there, including Vanessa's sister Virginia Woolf, the writer Lytton Strachey, the economist Maynard Keynes and the art critic Roger Fry. The house and garden are portrayed through Alen MacWeeney's atmospheric photographs; pictures from Vanessa Bell's family album convey the flavor of the household in its heyday.

This CLS Book Club meeting will be held on Wednesday, October 18th from 10:00AM to 11:30AM.

To RSVP, call 843-723-9912 or email dreutter@charlestonlibrarysociety.org.

Earlier Event: October 17
Storytime in the Rabbit Hole
Later Event: October 19
Speaker Series: Lee Pollock