Evening Book Group
Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2019, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
Evening Book Group
WhereBeacon Hill Branch
Address2821 Beacon Ave S. Seattle WA 98144
AudienceAdults
LanguageEnglish
SummaryJoin us for a book group at the Beacon Hill Branch. Everyone is welcome. This month’s title is "The Known World" by Jones, Edward P.
Book DescriptionHenry Townsend, a black farmer, bootmaker, and former slave, has a fondness for Paradise Lost and an unusual mentor -- William Robbins, perhaps the most powerful man in antebellum Virginia's Manchester County. Under Robbins's tutelage, Henry becomes proprietor of his own plantation -- as well as of his own slaves. When he dies, his widow, Caldonia, succumbs to profound grief, and things begin to fall apart at their plantation: slaves take to escaping under the cover of night, and families who had once found love beneath the weight of slavery begin to betray one another. Beyond the Townsend estate, the known world also unravels: low-paid white patrollers stand watch as slave "speculators" sell free black people into slavery, and rumors of slave rebellions set white families against slaves who have served them for years.
View in Catalog"The Known World" by Edward P. Jones
Next Month's Title"Animal Dreams" by Kingsolver, Barbara
NotesThis group meets the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm. Library events and programs are free and everyone is welcome. Registration is not required. Pick up your copy of this month's book at this library location.
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Contact Phone206-684-4711
Contact InfoBeacon Hill Branch
Room CapacitySpace is limited at library events. Please come early to make sure you get a seat. Due to the fire code, we can’t exceed the maximum capacity for our rooms.
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