Conversations with Lorene Cary

Lorene Cary, author of The Price of a Child, the “One Book, One Philadelphia” selection several years ago has just published a new book called FREE! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad. She will be at WHYY’s Independence Foundation Civic Space 150 North 6th Street on Thursday, November 9th at 6 pm to read from and talk about this book. The event is sponsored by WHYY and New City Community Press and will also feature a performance by Art Sanctuary’s North Star Players.

Please RSVP at WHYY

More about the book and the program for the evening after the jump…

FREE! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad! is a collection of true stories from the Underground Railroad written for readers of all ages. It chronicles the heroic journeys that real men, women and children took on their way to freedom. The reader is brought inside the box and under the burlap sack to learn what it was really like to be an escaped slave. Cary brings to life an important and overlooked part of American history by bringing to light stories of hope and human struggle, which are all the more amazing because they really happened.

Lorene Cary is a senior lecturer in creative writing at the University of Pennsylvania. In 1998 Cary founded Art Sanctuary, a unique non-profit lecture and performance series that brings black thinkers and artists to speak and perform at the Church of the Advocate, a National Historic Landmark Building in North Philadelphia. In 2003, Cary received the Philadelphia Award. Her other books include Black Ice, The Price of A Child, and Pride.

Gloria Tuggles Still, member of the Still Family, Underground Railroad historian, author and producer. Her most recent publication in the Encyclopedia of New Jersey is the biography of escaped slave, Charity
(Sidney) Still.

Moderating is Professor Amy Anu-Birge, English Department, Community College of Philadelphia. Professor Birge is currently working on a book, The Mother of Slavery: Speaking and Writing the Middle Passage, a study of narratives by Africans who survived the Middle Passage.

Copies of FREE! Great Escapes from Slavery on the Underground Railroad! will be available.

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