Phillip Margolin will be promoting Worthy Brown's Daughter
The Steele County Historical Society - Historical Center, Wednesday, June 3 at unknown time
Greg Nokes, Phillip Margolin, Jane Kirkpatrick
Sunriver Books & Music, Saturday, June 27 at 5pm
Saturday June 27th 2015 at 5:00 PM three talented Northwestern authors, Greg Nokes, Phillip Margolin, and Jane Kirkpatrick will give a presentation on the role of Blacks in settling Oregon. When slavery is mentioned, or discrimination, the whiplash reaction is to think of the South. Oregon played a role too, a role forgotten that should be remembered. Nokes and Margolin both wrote books relating to a ground breaking court case, Holmes versus Ford. Nokes wrote Breaking chains, a non-fiction account, and Margolin wrote Worthy Brown’s Daughter, a work of fiction inspired by the case that gives a real feel for living in the Oregon territory pre-Civil War. Kirkpatrick’s latest, A light in the wilderness, takes a different tack, she is writing the story of a woman of color, it also features a significant court case. Each of the authors will speak about their books, Nokes and Kirkpatrick will also have a visual presentation, and then there will be a question and answer period followed by the authors being available for a book signing. Breaking chains by Greg Nokes documents a groundbreaking case tried in an Oregon court of a black slave suing a white man. Robert and Mary Holmes along with three of their children were brought as property with Nathanial Ford and his family on the Oregon Trail as Ford fled a mountain of debt back in Missouri. Ford had already sold three of the Holmes children before leaving Missouri. He promised the Holmes he would set them free after three years if they would help establish a farm in the Oregon territory. The government was giving away 640 acres to homesteading couples, enough to put Ford back on his feet financially. Years passed without the promised release for the Holmes family. Finally Ford granted freedom to the parents, keeping the children as his property. Holmes did something courageous and daring, he filed suit in the white man’s court to get justice for his family and free his children. It was not an even fight; Ford was well known and well regarded. Nokes details the court case and the prevailing political climate. He tells us of other slaves living in the northwest and gives us a glimpse into their contributions to history. He packs in a lot of information on Oregon in the mid to late 1800’s, if you enjoy history this book is a treasure trove of information. Greg Nokes knows how to document a story. He worked as a reporter for the Associated Press and The Oregonian. His last book, Massacred for Gold, exposed the massacre of Chinese miners in Hell’s Canyon. Worthy Brown’s Daughter by New York Times Bestselling author Phillip Margolin is the successful author’s first work of historic fiction. If you enjoy mysteries, Margolin’s name is well known. His contemporary mysteries, always a hit, include Sleight of Hand, Capitol Murder, Lost Lake, Gone But Not Forgotten, and a slew others. Margolin brings to bear years of experience as a Portland Oregon attorney who has argued before the US Supreme Court and as a defense attorney in death penalty cases, a real asset in writing a story involving a legal case. Worthy Brown’s Daughter is a fictional account inspired by the groundbreaking case, Robin Holmes vs Nathaniel Ford. Former slave Robin Holmes sought justice in the white man’s court, suing a prominent member of the community, Nathaniel Ford, seeking the release of Holmes’ children. It must have been very hard, not to mention frightening, for a black man to step into the white man’s court in pre-civil war days. Margolin uses Holmes as the inspiration for Worthy Brown, a man whose former master is a successful, charismatic attorney keeping Worthy’ Brown’s daughter in bondage. He is also lacking in any sense of morality, casually cruel, and may pose a danger to the teenage girl. Worthy Brown, worried about his child, takes his case to Matthew Penny, an attorney arrived via the Oregon Trail, a journey that cost the life of Penny’s beloved wife. There is lots of great historical detail about Oregon. Margolin gives the reader a real view of the legal difficulties and climate of the time, while also providing suspense and drama. He throws in a woman of dubious virtue, a judge who makes a very poor choice that has dire repercussions, and a variety of interesting threads. A light in the wilderness by Jane Kirkpatrick is a fascinating story, blending fiction and fact, about a free black woman from Missouri who traveled the Oregon Trail to the Oregon Territory. Letitia moved from Kentucky to Missouri with the Bowman family, set free by the Patriarch she continued to serve them until their move to Oregon. Remaining behind in Missouri she arranged to live with Davey Carson, an Irish immigrant. This is a woman determined to make her way and remain free, she works hard. Eventually Davey Carson and Letitia form a closer bond and when Carson heads out for Oregon, this time she goes along. Nancy Hawkins is not keen to head for Oregon, but her husband Zachariah is determined. Nancy likes her settled life, she is afraid of journeying on a wagon train but she would follow her husband anywhere so it is westward ho. Eventually Letitia’s path crosses with Betsy, a Kalapuya Indian, and her grandson Little Shoot. Betsy is trying to teach him the ways of his people in a changing world. Known for capturing the story of strong women who made significant contributions to history and for her meticulous research, Kirkpatrick crafts a story that feels like stepping back in time. What would life be like for a black woman trying to live free in the days before the Civil War? Her life is full of struggle but also determination and an admirable belief in her own self-sufficiency. The story takes the reader through the ways of life in Missouri, on to the travails of journeying on the Oregon Trail, to conditions in Oregon where Letitia’s struggles to preserve her rights are far from over as she faces fresh challenges and is forced to step into the white man’s court. The reader gets a real sense of what Oregon was like before the Civil War. Kirkpatrick has written many works of historic fiction detailing the lives of strong women. Included among her many titles are Daughter's Walk, One Glorious Ambition, and A Clearing in the Wild. She is known for her meticulous research and compassion for her subject. Author events are free and we will have refreshments and drawings for prizes. Please call 541-593-2525, e-mail email@example.com or stop by Sunriver Books & Music to sign up to attend.
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