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Contact: Andrea Lewis
Maryland Humanities Council Announces One Maryland One Book Author Tour with James McBride, Author of Song Yet Sung
The Maryland Humanities Council is pleased to bring celebrated author James McBride to tour Maryland this September and October. McBride’s novel, Song Yet Sung (Find this book in our catalog), has been chosen as the 2009 title for One Maryland One Book, Maryland’s only statewide community reading program, which is now in its second year. McBride, an award-winning author, composer, and screenwriter, is also the author of the New York Times best-selling memoir, The Color of Water, and the novel, Miracle at St. Anna, which was recently made into a film directed by Spike Lee. Set on Maryland’s Eastern Shore in the 1850s, Song Yet Sung weaves an intricate and gripping tale of escaped slaves, free blacks, and slave-catchers. The protagonist is an enslaved woman called The Dreamer, whose gift for visions of the future quickly reaches mythic proportions following her escape from a local plantation.”I am delighted. It has to be one of the proudest moments of my career,” said McBride on hearing of the selection of Song Yet Sung as Maryland’s book for 2009. “The fact that the book was chosen by native Marylanders means all that much more. Like many Americans, I had no idea that the Eastern Shore of Maryland was the gateway to freedom for so many; nor did I realize the depth and complexity of relationships that existed between blacks and whites at that time, all of which were played out in Maryland.”
McBride will kick-off his tour of Maryland at the 2009 Baltimore Book Festival, where he will speak at the festival’s Literary Salon. In addition to Baltimore City, McBride will visit seven Maryland counties. Baltimore tour date and location:
Baltimore Book Festival,
Sunday, September 27, 2009
Mount Vernon Square (East Park), Baltimore
(visit the website at www.onemarylandonebook.org for more tour dates)
In addition to McBride’s author tour, every Maryland jurisdiction will participate in One Maryland One Book by holding local programs in September and October at libraries, colleges and universities, high schools, museums, and bookstores. There will be over 100 events around the state, including book discussions, living history performances, author appearances, and writing workshops. Harford County Public Library will be participating. More information will be forthcoming. Updated event information will be posted on the One Maryland One Book calendar at www.onemarylandonebook.org.
One Maryland One Book, a program of the Maryland Center for the Book at the Maryland Humanities Council, is Maryland’s first and only statewide community reading project. One Maryland One Book is designed to bring together diverse people in communities across the state through the shared experience of reading the same book and participating in book-centered discussions and other related programming. All related public programming will take place in September and October 2009. One Maryland One Book is funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, LSTA grant funds, through the Division of Library Development & Services, Maryland State Department of Education; Bank of America Foundation; Verizon; Constellation Energy; and Baltimore Office of Promotion and the Arts and in partnership with the Enoch Pratt Free Library and Barnes and Noble.
For more information or for organizations interested in partnering with the Maryland Humanities Council on this project, visit the website at www.onemarylandonebook.org or call 410-685-6161.