Bookmarks at the Museum reviews Washington Black: A Novel
Apr 18 02:00 PM - 04:00 PM
Westchester Public Library - Chesterton
Join Ronnie Earley as she reviews the book Washington Black: A Novel by Esi Edugyan, for Bookmarks at the Museum on Thursday, April 18, at 2 p.m. at the Westchester Township History Museum. Bookmarks takes place on the third Thursday of the month at the museum, and on the third Friday of the month at Michigan City Public Library.
From the author of the award-winning international best seller Half-Blood Blues comes a dazzling new novel, about a boy who rises from the ashes of slavery to become a free man of the world. George Washington Black, or "Wash," an eleven-year-old field slave on a Barbados sugar plantation, is terrified to be chosen by his master's brother as his manservant. To his surprise, the eccentric Christopher Wilde turns out to be a naturalist, explorer, inventor, and abolitionist. Soon Wash is initiated into a world where a flying machine can carry a man across the sky, where even a boy born in chains may embrace a life of dignity and meaning--and where two people, separated by an impossible divide, can begin to see each other as human. What brings Christopher and Wash together will eventually tear them apart, propelling Wash even further across the globe in search of his true self, and asks the question, What is true freedom?
It is not necessary to read the book before attending. Books are available at both Thomas and Hageman branches. Refreshments will be served.
The Westchester Township History Museum, a free cultural and educational service of Westchester Public Library, is housed in the Brown Mansion at 700 W. Porter Ave., Chesterton. The museum is open to the public Wednesday-Sunday from 1-5 p.m., or by appointment. For more information call the museum at 983-9715.
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