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February 25 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm| The Filling Station Microbrewery

TADL’s book club hosted at The Filling Station Microbrewery, next door to the Woodmere (Main) Branch. Readers can look forward to a laid-back atmosphere and lively discussion of the month’s book choice, titles as varied and distinctive as the beer served up. ¬†Books & Brewskis will meet the last Tuesday of each month at 7:00 p.m.

 

The book choice for this month is Barracoon by Zora Neale Hurston.

 

Barracoon : the story of the last "black cargo"

Hurston, Zora Neale

Summary: In 1927, Zora Neale Hurston went to Plateau, Alabama, just outside Mobile, to interview eighty-six-year-old Cudjo Lewis. Of the millions of men, women, and children transported from Africa to America as slaves, Cudjo was then the only person alive to tell the story of this integral part of the nation's history. Hurston was there to record Cudjo's firsthand account of the raid that led to his capture and bondage fifty years after the Atlantic slave trade was outlawed in the United States.In 1931, Hurston returned to Plateau, the African-centric community three miles from Mobile founded by Cudjo and other former slaves from his ship. Spending more than three months there, she talked in depth with Cudjo about the details of his life. During those weeks, the young writer and the elderly formerly enslaved man ate peaches and watermelon that grew in the backyard and talked about Cudjo's past--memories from his childhood in Africa, the horrors of being captured and held in a barracoon for selection by American slavers, the harrowing experience of the Middle Passage packed with more than 100 other souls aboard the Clotilda, and the years he spent in slavery until the end of the Civil War. Based on those interviews, featuring Cudjo's unique vernacular, and written from Hurston's perspective with the compassion and singular style that have made her one of the preeminent American authors of the twentieth-century, Barracoon masterfully illustrates the tragedy of slavery and of one life forever defined by it. Offering insight into the pernicious legacy that continues to haunt us all, black and white, this poignant and powerful work is an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.

Call Number: 921 LEWIS, CUDJO HUR

 

Source: https://catalog.tadl.org/main/details?id=48194444

 

Details

Date:
February 25
Time:
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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Venue

The Filling Station Microbrewery
642 Railroad Pl
Traverse City, MI 49686 United States
Phone:
231-946-8168
Website:
http://thefillingstationmicrobrewery.com