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Solomon Northup Researcher to Speak at Glens Falls Book Fair
David Fiske, co-author of Solomon Northup: The Complete Story of the Author of Twelve Years a Slave, will be one of the authors participating in the Glens Falls Chronicle Autumn Leaves Book Fair on November 2, 2014.
By: David Fiske
Solomon Northup was a free black man living in Saratoga Springs, New York, when in 1841 he was lured into leaving the state, and was sold into slavery. After being rescued nearly twelve years later, he authored a book, Twelve Years a Slave. His book was the basis for the Oscar-winning film 12 Years a Slave. Fiske’s book reveals details of Northup’s life after his return to upstate New York. In addition to informing the public about the horrors of slavery via his book, Northup traveled around the Northeast giving public lectures, was connected with several theatrical productions about his experiences, and worked with an underground railroad agent in Vermont to help fugitive slaves reach freedom in Canada.
In addition to the Northup book, Fiske will have two other history books he has written: 1) Forgotten on the Kennebec: Abandoned Places and Quirky People (which relates some interesting information about an area in Maine), and 2) Ballston Spa History Walkaround: A Guide to Historic Places and Interesting People (which is about the history-laden village of Ballston Spa, New York).
The Book Fair will take place on Sunday, November 2, 2014 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Queensbury Hotel located at 88 Ridge Street in downtown Glens Falls, New York. The event is open to the public at no charge. At the Book Fair, dozens of authors, including Mr. Fiske, will be displaying, signing, and selling their books. All varieties of books will be included: children’s books, regional history, travel guides, Adirondack titles, outdoor guides, pictorial volumes, poetry, mysteries, science fiction stories, and cook books. Attendees will be able to interact with authors as they staff their tables. In addition, some formal presentations will be scheduled.
For more information on the Book Fair, contact the Glens Falls Chronicle at 518-792-1126.
For more information on Fiske's research on Solomon Northup, go to: