An event honoring the release of Zora Neale Hurston’s Barracoon, the unpublished story of Cudjo Lewis, a survivor of the Transatlantic slave trade. Amistad Books publisher Tracy Sherrod and Hurston scholar Laura Litwin appear in conversation.
Based on interviews with Cudjo, featuring his 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 and invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.
Books will be sold at the event.