My article, "From the Bluegrass State to Africa: Kentucky and the Colonization Movement," appears in the latest issue of Kentucky Humanities magazine. The article examines the individuals and organizations in Kentucky involved in the "back to Africa" movement.
In Europe, Portugal Living magazine has recently published two of my articles, complete with many of my photos. The cover article for the spring issue, "Obidos: Town of Queens, City of Literature," explores a still lively walled mediaeval city. The summer issue includes "Conímbriga: Portugal’s Largest Roman Ruins." This incredible site has an intact section of a Roman road, intricate mosaics, working gravity-fed fountains that are centuries old, and much more.
I was pleased to be invited to attend the Kentucky book Festival on October 29, 2022. These events and the author reception the night before are always enjoyable. The 2022 festival included more than 150 authors, including Barbara Kingsolver, Silas House, Wendall Berry, Jon Meacham, and me. I was humbled to be in such company.
It was a wonderful event and I sold out of all my books that day.
Shortly after Liberty Brought Us Here was published, it rose to No. 1 on Amazon's catalog of books on the history of West Africa. The book, which has garnered numerous five-star reviews, is available on Amazon in print, e-book, and audio formats.
When I was researching the story behind Liberty Brought Us Here, I tracked down two sisters who were direct descendants of the man who freed some of enslaved people at the center of the book. One of the sisters shared this scrap of paper with me, a receipt from the colonization society for these newly freed individuals.