Monday, April 23, 2007

Book Recommendation

This is a very detailed account of a runaway slave couple and their journey to freedom, while creating historical movements along-the-way. I will be purchasing this one!

It was the day before Independence Day, 1831. As his bride, Lucie, was about to be “sold down the river” to the slave markets of New Orleans, young Thornton Blackburn planned a daring—and successful—daylight escape from Louisville. But they were discovered by slave catchers in Michigan and slated to return to Kentucky in chains, until the black community rallied to their cause. The Blackburn Riot of 1833 was the first racial uprising in Detroit history. The couple was spirited across the river to Canada, but their safety proved illusory. In June 1833, Michigan’s governor demanded their extradition. The Blackburn case was the first serious legal dispute between Canada and the United States regarding the Underground Railroad. The impassioned defense of the Blackburns by Canada’s lieutenant governor set precedents for all future fugitive-slave cases. The Blackburns settled in Toronto and founded the city’s first taxi business. But they never forgot the millions who still suffered in slavery. Working with prominent abolitionists, Thornton and Lucie made their home a haven for runaways. The Blackburns died in the 1890s, and their fascinating tale was lost to history. Lost, that is, until a chance archaeological discovery in a downtown Toronto school yard brought the story of Thornton and Lucie Blackburn again to light.

Title: I've Got a Home in Glory Land: A Lost Tale of the Underground Railroad
Author: Karolyn Smardz Frost is an internationally recognized archaeologist and historian. She lives in Collingwood, Ontario.
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Pages: 480 (8 Pages of Black-and-White Illustrations/Notes/Bibliography/Index)
Publication Date: 02/2007
ISBN: 0-374-16481-9
List Price: $30.00
Genre: Non-Fiction/History


National Public Radio - Meet the author 3/19/07

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

The Virginia Polytech Massacre

Authorities ID gunman in Va. Tech rampage
Student’s writings raised red flags; 33 killed, 12 stable in hospitals

‘He was a loner’ Professor Carolyn Rude, chairwoman of the university’s English department, said she did not personally know the gunman. But she said she spoke with Lucinda Roy, the department’s director of creative writing, who had Cho in one of her classes and described him as “troubled.”

“There was some concern about him,” Rude told The Associated Press. “Sometimes, in creative writing, people reveal things and you never know if it’s creative or if they’re describing things, if they’re imagining things or just how real it might be. But we’re all alert to not ignore things ike this.”

She said Cho was referred to the counseling service, but she said she did not know when or what the outcome was. Rude refused to release any of his writings or his grades, citing privacy laws.

This is a clip from the MSNBC online news. My heart goes out to the tragic lose of lives in the senseless killing on the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University campus. But as I was reading this, I wondered if the department's director of creative writing was no one other than the noted author Lucinda Roy of "Lady Moses," "Hotel Alleluia," "The Humming Birds" and "Wailing the Dead to Sleep"?

Yes, it is.... Virginia Tech's Creative Writing Program Co-Directors Lucinda Roy and Fred D'Aguiar] features internationally known and widely-published poets and fiction writers, such as...

Nikki Giovanni, University Distinguished Professor of Black Studies

Fred D’Aguiar, Professor Co-Director of Creative Writing

Lucinda Roy, Professor of English and Alumni Distinguished Professor Co-Director,
Creative Writing

The Vampire Huntress Legend Series

I have most of the books in L.A. Banks' paranormal Vampire Huntress series. I normally don't read this genre of fiction, but I was so taken in by the artwork on the book cover(s). It 's fine illustration of a very modern day, sexy vampire. Banks' marketing of the book series is genius - see her website. The cover art is by Vince Natale. As a graduate of the DuCret school of art in New Jersey, he has received numerous honors for his comercial and fine art work that ranges from magazine editorials to book covers to advertising. I personally have not read any of L.A. Banks' books, but I think the covers are a story within themselves and look intriguing on my bookshelves. One day I will crack one open and read what's inside.

“Minion” January 2005 - Book 1 of 9
“The Awakening” January 2004 - Book 2 of 9
“The Hunted” June 2004 - Book 3 of 9
“The Bitten” January 2005 - Book 4 of 9
“The Forbidden” July 2005 - Book 5 of 9
“The Damned” January 2006 - Book 6 of 9
“The Forsaken” July, 2006 - Book 7 of 9
"The Wicked" February 2007 - Book 8 of 9
"The Cursed" July 2007 - Book Nine

A new book series from L. A. Banks!

BAD BLOOD The first in a major new book series from L.A. Banks is coming in 2008!