PUBLISHER COMMENTS: By the eve of the Civil War, there were four million slaves in North America, and Harrison County was the largest slave-owning coun...morePUBLISHER COMMENTS: By the eve of the Civil War, there were four million slaves in North America, and Harrison County was the largest slave-owning county in Texas. So when China Galland returned to research her family history there, it should not have surprised her to learn of unmarked cemeteries for slaves. "My daddy never let anybody plow this end of the field," a local matron told a startled Galland during a visit to her antebellum mansion. "The slaves are buried there." Galland's subsequent effort to help restore just one of these cemeteries—Love Cemetery—unearths a quintessential American story of prejudice, land theft, and environmental destruction, uncovering racial wounds that are slow to heal.
Galland gathers an interracial group of local religious leaders and laypeople to work on restoring Love Cemetery, securing community access to it, and rededicating it to the memories of those buried there. In her attempt to help reconsecrate Love Cemetery, Galland unearths the ghosts of slavery that still haunt us today. Research into county historical records and interviews with local residents uncover two versions of history—one black, one white. Galland unpacks these tangled narratives to reveal a history of shame—of slavery and lynching, Jim Crow laws and land takings (the theft of land from African-Americans), and ongoing exploitation of the land surrounding the cemetery by oil and gas drilling. With dread she even discovers how her own ancestors benefited from the racial imbalance.
She also encounters some remarkable, inspiring characters in local history. Surprisingly, the original deed for the cemetery's land was granted not by a white plantation owner, but by Della Love Walker, the niece of the famous African-American cowboy Deadwood Dick. Through another member of the Love Cemetery committee, Galland discovers a connection to Marshall's native son,James L. Farmer, a founder of Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and organizer of the 1961 Freedom Riders. In researching local history, Galland also learns of the Colored Farmers' Alliance, a statewide group formed in the 19th century that took up issues ranging from low wages paid to cotton pickers to emigration to Liberia. By telling this one story of ultimate interracial and intergenerational cooperation, Galland provides a model of the kind of communal remembering and reconciliation that can begin to heal the deep racial scars of an entire nation.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR Born and raised in Texas, China Galland is the award-winning author of Longing for Darkness and The Bond Between Women. She received a Hedgebrook Writers Invitational Residency and has won awards for her writing from the California Arts Council. Galland is a professor in residence at the Center for the Arts, Religion, and Education at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California, where she directs the Keepers of Love Project. She lectures, teaches, and leads retreats nationally and internationally on religion, race, and reconciliation.(less)
Recipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Hedgebrook alumna Naomi Ayala is the author of three books of poetry: Wild Animals on the Moon, and This...moreRecipient of numerous awards and fellowships, Hedgebrook alumna Naomi Ayala is the author of three books of poetry: Wild Animals on the Moon, and This Side of Early. Her third book of poetry is forthcoming from Bilingual Review Press in 2009. She works with innovative youth programs, and makes her living as an education consultant, translator, and teacher.
Naomi Ayala's poems explore wide-ranging themes in an ever-changing landscape-from the city streets to the introspective solace of the woods. These lyrics deconstruct the political world of man, offer hope through a compelling, lyrical, spiritual intimacy, and bridge the gap between the two with words full of ecological intensity.
Her deep connections with the working class combine with a love of the land to offer us lilt and dream, revelation and foretelling.(less)
"These begonias have come a long way,'writes Susan Rich in a marvelous poem called Everyone in Bosnia Loves Begonias,'and so has she! I admired her ta...more"These begonias have come a long way,'writes Susan Rich in a marvelous poem called Everyone in Bosnia Loves Begonias,'and so has she! I admired her talent years ago, and this book makes it clear that she has grown into a mature and accomplished poet."-Linda Pastan
A dynamic new collection by the winner of the 2008 TLS Contest and PEN West Poetry Award. Hedgebrook alumna Susan Rich's poetry tracks the globe, drawing us into the lives of ordinary people on nearly every continent.(less)
With wry candor and tender humor, acclaimed novelist and Hedgebrook alumna Ayelet Waldman has crafted a strikingly beautiful novel for our time, tackl...moreWith wry candor and tender humor, acclaimed novelist and Hedgebrook alumna Ayelet Waldman has crafted a strikingly beautiful novel for our time, tackling the absurdities of modern life and reminding us why we love some people no matter what. Ayelet Waldman is the author of Daughter's Keeper and of the Mommy-Track mystery series. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times, the Believer, Child magazine, and other publications, and she has a regular column on Salon.com. (less)
This is only one of Hedgebrook alumna Kathleen Alcala's impressive body of literature. She excels in memoir as she does in fiction. And if you get a c...moreThis is only one of Hedgebrook alumna Kathleen Alcala's impressive body of literature. She excels in memoir as she does in fiction. And if you get a chance to hear her read don't miss it!(less)
Synopsis: Author Erin Van Rheenen left her life as a guidebook editor in the San Francisco Bay Area to make a home abroad in Costa Rica. Now she invite...moreSynopsis: Author Erin Van Rheenen left her life as a guidebook editor in the San Francisco Bay Area to make a home abroad in Costa Rica. Now she invites readers to visit the beautiful and fertile Meseta Central, the endless beaches of Guanacaste, and the wildlife-filled south Pacific coast to enjoy the best the country has to offer.(less)
Publisher Comments: Fields That Dream explores the lives of refugees, immigrants, former chefs, insurance brokers, and union organizers who are now sma...morePublisher Comments: Fields That Dream explores the lives of refugees, immigrants, former chefs, insurance brokers, and union organizers who are now small-scale sustainable farmers. Each chapter of the book combines the story of a farmer who sells at a successful farmers market with a social/cultural history of agriculture in the United States. Although based in Seattle, the farmer's stories resonate on a national level as they speak about expansion and conventional agriculture. Ultimately, Fields That Dream is a celebration of community and shows how small-scale farmers work to bridge the ever-widening gap between rural and urban areas.(less)
Description: For years readers have delighted in Maxine Rose Schur’s award-winning travel essays. Now, all the tales of her unusual around-the-world jo...moreDescription: For years readers have delighted in Maxine Rose Schur’s award-winning travel essays. Now, all the tales of her unusual around-the-world journey are gathered in one illustrated volume. Whether camping in the center of Paris, dangling off a Panamanian tramp steamer, or hitching across Australia, her tales are funny, exciting and tender. If you’re looking for travel writing that blends gentle insight with delicious surprise, fasten the seatbelt on your armchair and come along!
Excerpts from Reviews: “The author’s obsession with not merely observing but slipping into the fold of other cultures distinguishes the collection of essays based on her 18-month around-the-world honeymoon in 1971. She could have told a rollicking good story had she written about it immediately after returning home, but by steeping in real life for 35 years, the tales take on a transformative power. ..She writes with so much humor, suspense and wisdom …This is what travel memoirs should be, and so seldom are.” Christine Delsol, Deputy Travel Editor, San Francisco Chronicle
Biography Maxine Rose Schur is a children’s book author and travel journalist. Her essays have appeared in many publications including The San Francisco Chronicle, National Geographic Explorer, the Los Angeles Times, the Christian Science Monitor, the San-Diego Union Tribune, Caribbean Travel & Life, Traveler’s Tales, Insight Guides, and Salon.com. She has twice won the Lowell Thomas Award for excellence in travel writing given by the Society of American Travel Writers.(less)
Run (or dance) to get this book from your bookstore or library. Hedgebrook alumna Lana Hechtman Ayers illuminates inner and external life and is a con...moreRun (or dance) to get this book from your bookstore or library. Hedgebrook alumna Lana Hechtman Ayers illuminates inner and external life and is a continuing to do so in her other collections as well as at Seattle-area readings. (less)
Author of the acclaimed biography Josephine Herbst, Elinor Langer has written for The New York Review of Books , The New York Times, and The Nation, a...moreAuthor of the acclaimed biography Josephine Herbst, Elinor Langer has written for The New York Review of Books , The New York Times, and The Nation, among other publications. A Hundred Little Hitlers was chosen as a finalist for the J. Anthony Lukas Award for work-in-progress. Langer lives in Portland, Oregon.
Review: "Was it a racially motivated crime, or was it a street fight? You might be surprised what side Elinor Langer, a terrifically unabashed liberal and the author of the biography Josephine Herbst, comes down on. In this probing, transfixing book, the result of a tireless decade-and-a-half of research, Langer explores the Nazi-aligned skinhead movement in Portland and the culture that created it." Adrienne Miller, Esquire
Review: "An extraordinary book, written with passion, grace, and wisdom. The murder at its center is a reflection not just of racism in the United States, but of something much more widespread. Langer has taken one act of violence, looked at it carefully and courageously, and illuminated a whole moral universe." Adam Hochschild, author of King Leopold's Ghost(less)
Hedgebrook alumna Helen Frost (author of Spinning Through the Universe) offers readers an ingeniously structured novel in verse about a Scottish famil...moreHedgebrook alumna Helen Frost (author of Spinning Through the Universe) offers readers an ingeniously structured novel in verse about a Scottish family in 1850. Its themes will resonant with today's teens. The events unfold through the alternating perspectives of sisters Sarah, the oldest of four, whose strength and agility with tools help her father ('just like a lad,' says he), and Jeannie, the comely one with golden curls. Readers quickly learn that the British landlords are forcing out the residents of Scotland's Western Isle of Barra. The night before the family's planned departure for Canada, Sarah braids together her hair with Jeannie's, takes one half of the braid for herself and leaves the other for her sister. While 14-year-old Jeannie departs with her parents and two younger siblings by boat, 15-year-old Sarah hides out in order to stay with their grandmother and return with the woman to Mingulay, the small island south of Barra where their grandfather is buried. The braid not only symbolizes the bond between the sisters ('You'll always long for Jeannie, Aunt Mari says [to Sarah:]. No matter how far/ away she is, you may know when something hard is happening to her'), but also nods to Frost's form here, the Celtic knot, which she employs seamlessly. This brief, memorable book spans two years, several deaths, first love and the stigma attached to unwed mothers, while also conveying the resolve of one family to survive and to preserve hope. Ages 12-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (less)
In this collection collection of sixty-one essays and poems, edited by Anne Coray and Hedgebrook alumna Marybeth Holleman, "Alaskans express admiratio...moreIn this collection collection of sixty-one essays and poems, edited by Anne Coray and Hedgebrook alumna Marybeth Holleman, "Alaskans express admiration and awe of the landscape and its wild inhabitants. Celebratory, sobering, and thought provoking, these writings also bear witness to the effects of climate change and development. They ponder the irony of the authors' own impact, an inevitable consequence of living here. Contributors to this anthology span the state and include familiar names: John Haines, Nick Jans, Peggy Shumaker, Nancy Lord, and Richard Nelson. There are also new voices like Mike Burwell and Amy Crawford, and Alaska Native writers, including Joan Kane and Howard Luke. All are passionate about their world—a world populated by icons such as whales, wolves, and bears, and a microcosm, significant in its own right, of mushrooms, sand lance, and berries, upon which all depend."(less)
Hedgebrook alumna Laurel Doud book is "A fresh, thoughtful spin on the well-worn fantasy of inhabiting another body....The more Shakespeare one knows....moreHedgebrook alumna Laurel Doud book is "A fresh, thoughtful spin on the well-worn fantasy of inhabiting another body....The more Shakespeare one knows...the more pleasurable it is to read this crisply written, wry and intelligent book; yet even the reader who falls far short of Doud's knowledge of the Bard will appreciate the emotional resonance of the Katharine/Thisby identity struggle." Publishers Weekly(less)
Hedgebrook alumna Lydia Stryk writes, "I am really happy to be able to share the news that my play, American Tet, is now a book, published by Broadway...moreHedgebrook alumna Lydia Stryk writes, "I am really happy to be able to share the news that my play, American Tet, is now a book, published by Broadway Play Publishing and with cover art/design by my sister-in-law Suzanne Stryk. As many of you know, the play enters the world of a military family to look at the effects of war on those who make it and their families. I would be so grateful if you’d consider ordering a copy (or two!) on the Broadway Play Publishing website (or by clicking below) and perhaps having a read of the play in book form!" http://www.broadwayplaypubl.com/AMERI...