The Albert Wisner Public Library, located at 1 McFarland Dr. in Warwick, will host national bestselling author Russell Shorto on Wed., Nov. 7 at 7 p.m. The author will discuss his recent book, Revolution Song, which takes the reader back to the nation’s founding to see that people from different backgrounds had vastly different experiences of the Revolution years.
Drawing on diaries, letters, and autobiographies of both well known and obscure lives, Shorto resurrects their contrasting voices as they struggle through the social chaos of their day. The book weaves together stories of an African man who freed himself and his family from slavery, an Iroquois leader trying to assure the survival of his people, a rebellious young woman who abandoned her abusive husband, a certain Mr. Washington admired for his social graces but also harshly criticized, and English and American politicians scrambling for position.
Copies of the book will be available to purchase the author will autograph books following the talk. Registration is recommended for this discussion. To make a reservation call the Library’s Help Desk at 986-1047, option 3 or visit www.alvertwisnerlibrary.org.