Friday in Norfolk: a sneak preview of “Uncle George and Me”

February 21, 2018 Bill Sizemore 0 Comments

I’ll be giving a sneak preview of my newest book Friday evening, Feb. 23, at WHRO, the public TV station in Norfolk.

The occasion is Writer’s Block, a new WHRO initiative that showcases local authors, storytellers, poets and spoken-word artists presenting original work for future broadcast. The 7 p.m. event is sold out.

Uncle George book cover

I’ll read an excerpt from Uncle George and Me: Two Southern Families Confront a Shared Legacy of Slavery, my forthcoming book about my Virginia slaveowning ancestors, their slaves, and those slaves’ descendants. It’s due out in mid-2018 from Brandylane Publishers.

This edition of Writer’s Block celebrates the life and work of Lorraine Hansberry, the first African-American woman to have a play performed on Broadway. The program will explore the themes exposed in her best-known work, A Raisin in the Sun, including gender and feminism, racial discrimination, assimilation, dignity and pride, and dreams.

This will be the first public airing of Uncle George and Me. In the excerpt, I tell the story of how I discovered late in life that I was descended from slaveowners and how that discovery inspired me to seek out the descendants of those my ancestors enslaved.

No word yet on when the program will air on TV.

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