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Riverside bookclub

October 9 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Monthly – Second Saturday | 11 am | Via Zoom
Guest presenter, Riverside’s own Attorney Jean Schmidt.

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This month, Riverside Church’s Book Club reviews While Justice Sleeps by Attorney Stacey Abrams.

Author Attorney Stacey Abrams is perhaps best known for her powerful work in Georgia politics. She has served in the Georgia House of Representatives from 2007-2017 and served as minority leader from 2011-2017. As a member of the Democratic Party, in 2018, she founded Fair Fight Action. It is an organization that addresses the issue of voter suppression.

Her activism, in many ways, is considered to have resulted in boosting the voter turnout in Georgia that in turn resulted in President Joe Biden winning the state and with Democrats, in the 2020-2021 Senate special elections giving Democrats control over the Senate. She has also been nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize.

She is also a well-known Mystery and Romance Novelist. Her non-fiction books have been reviewed as a New York Times Best Seller. However, she has published eight fiction books under the pen name Selena. While Justice Speaks is published under her own name, has been reviewed as a New York Times Best Seller, and is in the process of being produced as a television series by Working Title Films, a subsidiary of Universal Pictures.


Attorney Jean Schmidt is sure to have unique insights into the book, from the vantage point of a stellar career as a political activist and attorney. She has defended and prosecuted cases involving age, disability, sex, and race. She has served as the acting regional attorney in New York, for the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and was the lead attorney in a nationwide class action sex discrimination lawsuit against a major food corporation.



FROM THE NEW YORK TIMES BEST SELLER • From celebrated national leader and bestselling author Stacey Abrams, a gripping thriller set within the halls of the U.S. Supreme Court—where a young law clerk finds herself embroiled in a shocking mystery plotted by one of the most preeminent judges in America.

A very Keene, a brilliant young law clerk for the legendary Justice Howard Wynn, is doing her best to hold her life together—excelling in an arduous job with the court while also dealing with a troubled family. When the shocking news breaks that Justice Wynn—the cantankerous swing vote on many current high-profile cases—has slipped into a coma, Avery’s life turns upside down. She is immediately notified that Justice Wynn has left instructions for her to serve as his legal guardian and power of attorney. Plunged into an explosive role she never anticipated, Avery finds that Justice Wynn had been secretly researching one of the most controversial cases before the court—a proposed merger between an American biotech company and an Indian genetics firm, which promises to unleash breathtaking results in the medical field. She also discovers that Wynn suspected a dangerously related conspiracy that infiltrates the highest power corridors of Washington.

As political wrangling ensues in Washington to potentially replace the ailing judge whose life and survival Avery controls, she begins to unravel a carefully constructed, chesslike sequence of clues left behind by Wynn. She comes to see that Wynn had a much more personal stake in the controversial case and realizes his complex puzzle will lead her directly into harm’s way in order to find the truth. While Justice Sleeps is a cunningly crafted, sophisticated novel, layered with myriad twists and a vibrant cast of characters. Drawing on her astute inside knowledge of the court and political landscape, Stacey Abrams shows herself to be not only a force for good in politics and voter fairness but also a major new talent in suspense fiction.


October 9
11:00 am - 12:00 pm
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Via Zoom