Thursday, October 20, 2011

National tour dates for Mark Auslander, author of The Accidental Slaveowner

This fall, and into the new year, Mark Auslander will be appearing at numerous events in five states and the District of Columbia to speak about his new book, THE ACCIDENTAL SLAVEOWNER. Praised by historian James Campbell as a "beautiful, haunting book," THE ACCIDENTAL SLAVEOWNER traces the competing myths that have grown up around the historical figure "Miss Kitty"—a woman in antebellum Georgia who, many believe, was offered freedom but chose to remain a slave. Auslander explores why this story has proved so fascinating to white and African American tellers and hearers across the generations and what it has signified at different historical moments, from the eve of the Civil War, through the Jim Crow era, during the Civil Rights movement, and in the current moment.

Mark Auslander at the Miss Kitty Memorial Tablet,
Oxford Cemetery, Oxford, GA
Read the announcement about Auslander's October 24 event at Emory University.
—For a revealing Q&A with Auslander, in which he discusses his first encounter with "Miss Kitty" and his efforts to find her living relatives, go to our latest Inside UGA Press newsletter (see page 8).
—Hear Auslander speak about "Miss Kitty" (whose real name is Catherine Boyd) in a video taken during a conference held earlier this year at Emory University.

Tour Dates:
Check our events calendar for lots more details on each event listed below—and for newly added events as the national tour progresses.

Sun Oct 23, 2011
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Covington, GA: Bethlehem Church House

Mon Oct 24, 2011
4:00pm – 6:00pm
Atlanta, GA: Emory University, Jones Room, Woodruff Library

Tue Oct 25, 2011
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Oxford, GA: Tarbutton Theater, Oxford College at Emory University

Tue Oct 25, 2011
7:00pm – 8:00pm
Atlanta, GA: Auburn Avenue Research Library

Wed Oct 26, 2011
12:00pm – 1:00pm
Selma, AL: Selma-Dallas County Public Library

Wed Oct 26, 2011
4:30pm – 5:30pm
Tuscaloosa, AL: Lloyd Hall, University of Alabama

Thu Oct 27, 2011
3:30pm – 4:30pm
Chapel Hill, NC: Bull's Head Bookshop

Fri Oct 28, 2011
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Washington, DC: Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Sat Oct 29, 2011
5:00pm – 7:00pm
Washington, DC: Busboys & Poets (5th and K location)

Thu Nov 10, 2011
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Boston, MA: Boston University

Fri Nov 11, 2011
4:00pm – 5:00pm
Waltham, MA: Rose Art Museum, Brandeis University

Thu Feb 2, 2012
Augusta, GA: Augusta-Richmond County Library

Sat Feb 4, 2012
Seattle, WA: Seattle University