Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, when, in 1841, he was lured away from home and sold into slavery. He lived the life of a slave in Louisiana for nearly 12 years, until he was rescued and returned home. He authored an autobiographical book, Twelve Years a Slave. Northup’s book is the basis for the current film 12 Years a Slave.
Fiske is an independent writer and researcher who resides in the history-laden village of Ballston Spa, New York. He has been researching Northup for fifteen years, and has uncovered much information about Northup’s life before and after his kidnapping.
The event is part of the Fall Reading Series featuring Adirondack region writers, and is co-sponsored by the Adirondack Center for Writing and the Spring Street Gallery. This program is funded in part by the Saratoga Program for Arts Funding (SPAF) part of the Decentralization Program, a regrant program of the New York State Council on the Arts, administered by Saratoga Arts.
The Spring Street Gallery is located at 110 Spring Street, Saratoga Springs, New York. For more information contact the gallery at (518) 587-6433, by e-mailing springstreetgallerylist@