Richmond author to donate book sales from event to local charities

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Richmond author Christine Volker is set to discuss her debut mystery novel, Venetian Blood: Murder in a Sensuous City, at Salute e Vita Ristorante in the Marina Bay neighborhood on Sunday, Sept. 10 — and has also pledged to donate the proceeds of book sales at the event to two local nonprofits.

The Buy a Book, Benefit the Community event is set for 3 p.m. at the restaurant at 1900 Esplanade Way. Book sales will support Menbe’s Way Fund and Friends of the Richmond Public Library.

Volker is well aware of the many charitable acts by Salute owner Menbere Aklilu, a recent winner of the Jefferson Award for community volunteerism who launched the Menbe’s Way Fund.

“My husband and I have been visiting Salute for more than 15 years,” Volker said. “Menbe Aklilu sets a wonderful example of giving back. We naturally thought of her when we decided to host an event benefiting Richmond.”

The Sept. 10 discussion will include comments by community leader Dr. Emma J. Clark, appetizers from Menbe and beverages from the Volkers. Books will be sold via cash and check only. RSVP here.

Volke’s new book “has garnered widespread praise from the literary world,” with The Manhattan Book Review stating it “leaves alluring language, seductive setting, the charm of shadowed history, and cunning intrigue into a (modern) historical mystery so tantalizing you will be swept away from word one.” 

Kirkus Reviews called it “a riveting whodunit that makes full use of its dramatic setting.”

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