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February 2018

Architecture & Design Film Festival

February 24 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
National Building Museum, 401 F Street NW
Washington, DC United States
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I am honored to be moderating an afternoon panel during the launch of the first Architecture & Design Film Festival in DC, to be held at the National Building Museum. The Howard Hughes Corporation, master developer of the 14 million square foot redevelopment of Downtown Columbia, including the Merriweather district, is the presenting sponsor of the debut of a documentary film "The Experimental City," about a Utopian community, as well as of the panel immediately following the film. The film will…

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May 2018

6th Annual Washington Writers Conference: Don’t Miss It!

May 5
College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center MD United States + Google Map

Since 1913, it's been my task and honor to be the chief organizer of panels and recruiter of panelists for the annual authors conference sponsored by the Washington Independent Review of Books, a nonprofit publication online since February 2011. My perk is I get to introduce the keynoters: Marie Arana, David Marannis, John Feinstein, Bob Woodward and Judith Viorst. At our sixth annual conference (formerly known as Books Alive!), I will be introducing Bob Schieffer, our keynote speaker and the…

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Gaithersburg Book Festival

May 19 @ 10:00 am
Gaithersburg City Halll grounds Gaithersburg, MD United States + Google Map

I am scheduled to be a Featured Presenter at this annual book festival held on the Gaithersburg, Md. City Hall grounds.  I will be discussing my new book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army, a story from the past that very much resonates in the present. These five men have long been overshadowed by their martyred leader, treated if at all as footnotes to this watershed event in our history that most historians agree was…

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June 2018

Politics & Prose

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20008
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I'll be discussing my new book "Five for Freedom: The African American Soldiers in John Brown's Army," an overlooked story from the past that speaks to the present.

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July 2018

FIVE FOR FREEDOM comes to Fauquier County, Virginia

July 11 @ 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Much of my research for FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African American Soldiers  in  John Brown's Army took place in Fauquier County, now known for its horse farms and vineyards but once part of the  plantation South dependent on slave labor.  Dangerfield Newby, one of the five, was from here.  Osborne Perry Anderson's uncle was born here.  My "One Bright Hope" chapter shines a light on this county in the Commonwealth of Virginia just an hour from the nation's capital.  The…

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August 2018

FIVE FOR FREEDOM Comes to Oasis at Montgomery Mall

August 1 @ 10:30 am - 12:00 pm
Oasis at Montgomery Mall Bethesda, MD 20817 United States + Google Map

I will be discussing my book FIVE FOR FREEDOM: The African Americans in John Brown's Army - how and why I came to write about these men, for 160 years treated, if at all, as footnotes to their martyred leader.  They arrived at this fateful time and place -- October 1859 in Harpers Ferry -- by different routes.  Their names were Osborne Anderson, John Copeland, Lewis Leary, Shields Green and Dangerfield Newby. Four would die -- two at the scene,…

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October 2018

Book talk and signing, Woodstock, N.Y.

October 6 @ 4:00 pm - 6:00 pm

I'll be signing and speaking about my new book Five for Freedom: The African Americans in John Brown's Army at Golden Notebook, an indie bookstore in Woodstock, New York.   

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Harpers Ferry Weekend

October 13 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Harpers Ferry, West Virginia Harpers Ferry, WV 25425 United States + Google Map

I will be signing my book FIVE FOR FREEDOM and speaking about the five African Americans with John Brown during the raid on Oct. 16-17, 1859 -- the world into which they were born and grew up, how they came to join him at this fateful time and place, the aftermath of the abortive effort to incite a slave insurrection, the raiders' descendants and how this story from the past continues to resonate in the present.  It is an American…

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