NOVEMBER 2017 FEATURED AUTHOR EVENTS

Sunday Nov 19
BETH MACY INTRODUCES TRUEVINE


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SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19; 2 PM

BETH MACY will discuss the softcover edition of TRUEVINE: TWO BROTHERS, A KIDNAPPING, AND A MOTHER’S QUEST: A TRUE STORY OF THE JIM CROW SOUTH. Set in 1899 on a sweltering tobacco farm in the town of Truevine, Virginia, we meet George and Willie Muse, two little African-American boys born to a sharecropper family. They caught the eye of a circus man because they were albinos and he thought they would make a great circus attraction for his freak show. Luring the 6 and 9 year old boys away with the promise of candy, the boys became star attractions, though cruelly exploited. It wasn’t until over 25 years later that their mother finally found them working for the Ringling Brothers circus and their family was reunited.

Beth Macy is also the author of Factory Man. Her articles have appeared in national magazines and the Roanoke Times, where her reporting has won more than a dozen national awards.