Fellow historical fiction author Blonnie Bunn Wyche and I will participate in the 2nd Saturdays Hands-on Heritage event called Writer’s Block at the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum in Sedalia, NC June 12.
Blonnie will be in her 1700s costume (she writes about the Revolutionary War period) and she thinks I should pull together some replica garb of an early women’s rights advocate. Picture that!
She also thinks I should play my ukulele and sing old canal songs (since I’m writing the Canal Tales Series). I might manage to belt out “Black Rock Pork,” if I can steal the music from some other ditty. The ukulele was developed in the 1880s in Hawaii and doesn’t have much to do with North Carolina’s heritage, but hey!–everyone smiles when I play it.
I’ve volunteered to read from A Shocking & Unnatural Incident. If my second book, Wixumlee Is My Salvation, is out by then I’ll naturally pick a few paragraphs from that publication.
Dr. Charlotte Hawkins Brown founded the Palmer Memorial Institute in 1902 and helped transform the lives of more than 2,000 African American students.
The Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum is a registered North Carolina Historic Site that links the larger themes of African American history, women’s history, social history and education. It emphasizes the contributions African Americans made in North Carolina.
Blonnie and I eagerly await our participation at Writer’s Block. If you’re in Sedalia June 12, please visit the museum–and our table.