Friends of the Beaman Library: Alana White

Friends of the Beaman Library: Alana White is in the past.

The Friends of the Beaman Library will hold its annual event on Tuesday, April 9, 4-6 p.m. Alana White, author of The Sign of the Weeping Virgin will speak at the event.

You must be a member of the Friends of the Beaman Library in order to attend. Contribution levels begin at $25.

Friends of the Library was started in 2006 in an effort to get people involved in long-term support of the library.  Lipscomb’s Beaman Library presents a variety of programs each year with authors and hosts the Women’s National Book Association summer reading program. Membership also comes with a library card and advance notice of annual free book-signings and used book sales.

For more information on joining the organization, contact Carolyn Wilson at 615.966.5837 or e-mail

About Alana White

Alana White’s fascination with the Italian Renaissance was stimulated with an article in an old issue of National Georgraphic about the Pazzi Conspiracy, the infamous event in Florentine Italy when Lorenzo de Medici and  the young Guiliano de’Medici were attacked in the Florence Cathedral and Guilano was killed. Thus began the research which resulted in The Sign of the Weeping Virgin. 

Alana White has prominently worked within the book community in Nashville for many years. She published two young adult books, one fiction and one non-fiction.  The new book, released in December, has received  high acclaim from reviewers.  A starred review from Kirkus  says, “One hopes that White’s clever tale, meticulously researched and pleasingly written, is the first in a series that will bring  Florence and its many famous denizens to life.”

Set in 1480, her characters -- the lawyer Guid’Antonio Vespucci and his nephew Amerigo -- are real-life historical figures. Publishers Weekly  writes that White’s richly evocative descriptions of Renaissance Florence is sure to please the amateur historian and armchair tourist. 

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