Harpur Edge Book Club

Harpur Edge Book Club

Each year a text written by a Harpur College alumna/us or faculty member is selected and read and discussed by a group of students.

We are excited to announce the Harpur Edge Book Club selection for fall 2020 is:

The Weeping Time: Memory and the Largest Slave Auction in American History

by Professor Anne C. Bailey

Weeping Time

In 1859, at the largest recorded slave auction in American history, over 400 men, women, and children were sold by the Butler Plantation estates. This book is one of the first to analyze the operation of this auction and trace the lives of slaves before, during, and after their sale. Immersing herself in the personal papers of the Butlers, accounts from journalists that witnessed the auction, genealogical records, and oral histories, Anne C. Bailey weaves together a narrative that brings the auction to life. Demonstrating the resilience of African American families, she includes interviews from the living descendants of slaves sold on the auction block, showing how the memories of slavery have shaped people's lives today. Using the auction as the focal point, The Weeping Time is a compelling and nuanced narrative of one of the most pivotal eras in American history, and how its legacy persists today.

How to participate

Harpur College students are eligible to participate in the Harpur Edge Book Club.

Book Club participants will receive a FREE copy of The Weeping Time AND an invitation to a virtual discussion with author, Professor Anne Bailey on November 5 (noon to 1pm). 

  • Open to first twelve Harpur College students to register
  • Participants must be able to attend the virtual discussion on November 5 
How to join:
  • Come to Harpur Edge Zoom office hours or the Harpur Edge office (Library North 1105)
  • Register for the discussion on November 5
  • Receive your FREE book (compliments of Harpur Edge)!  You can pick up the book at the office or we can mail it to you if you are remote. 
Previous Harpur Edge Book Club selections:
  • Spring 2019: Morning Altars: A 7 Step Practice to Nourish Your Spirit Through Nature, Art and Ritual. by Day Schildkret ‘00
  • Fall 2018: The Feminist Revolution: The Struggle for Women's Liberation by Bonnie Morris ‘MA ’85, PhD ’88 and D-M Wither
  • Fall 2017: Find Your Whistle by Chris Ullman ’86
  • Spring 2016: Haunted Halls: Ghostlore of American College Campuses by Distinguished Service Professor Libby Tucker
  • Fall 2015: The Boston Girl by Anita Diamant MA'75
  • Spring 2015: The Laws of Gravity by Liz Rosenberg