Live via Zoom:
Tuesday, March 23, 6:00 PM ET
Nonfiction Book Group with Geo
Discussion of Barracoon: The Story of the Last "Black Cargo"
Led (virtually!) by Greenlight bookseller Geo, our nonfiction book group meets monthly to read and discusses the most fascinating topics in nonfiction, both classic and contemporary, with seasonal themes covering a variety of genres. For March, the group discusses Barracoon, a newly published work from Zora Neale Hurston, with a foreword from Pulitzer Prize-winning author Alice Walker. This major work brilliantly illuminates the horror and injustices of slavery as it tells the true story of Cudjo Lewis, one of the last-known survivors of the Atlantic slave trade—abducted from Africa on the last "Black Cargo" ship to arrive in the United States. Based on Hurston’s interviews with Cudjo, featuring Cudjo’s 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 an invaluable contribution to our shared history and culture.