Published on Friday, January 17, 2014 - 9:29am
In 1845, Frederick Douglass--already a successful orator and a significant figure in the abolitionist movement -- raised his profile even further with the publication of his Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave.
A detailed account of his experiences, Douglass' autobiography met with immediate success, yet it complicated his life too, as the book’s popularity and its detailed nature made Douglass--and his status as a runaway slave still vulnerable to re-capture--more widely known.
To ensure his continued liberty, Douglass embarked on a lecture tour of Ireland, Scotland and England, and it is in Ireland that author Colum McCann finds Douglass in his 2013 novel, TransAtlantic, in which the experiences of multiple generations of a fictional family unite Douglass’ 1845 trip with two additional historical moments: the first transatlantic flight in 1919 and the Good Friday Agreement negotiations in 1998.
Join the Georgetown Book Club as we join in DC Public Library's celebration of Black History Month with a discussion of TransAtlantic--and, especially, its portrayal of Douglass--on Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m. Copies are currently available at the Georgetown Neighborhood Library, and everyone is welcome!
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call the library at 202-727-0232.