History Book Festival authors will tackle a variety of topics on September 24


Freedom, fitness and faith are among the topics the authors will discuss on Saturday September 24 at the sixth annual Lewes Story Book Festival.

The following authors are among the 20 who will talk about their latest non-fiction and historical fiction works during the festival.

“Joan: A Novel of Joan of Arc” is the most recent of thousands of books written about the French heroine who was considered a warrior, a heretic or a saint. Based on meticulous research, author Katherine J. Chen portrays Joan as a flesh-and-blood young woman – reckless, strong-willed, and brilliant – shaped by a joyful yet violent childhood, who became an unlikely hero then. that she led the French army to victory and left an indelible mark on history.

Chen is the author of the novel “Mary B”, a 2018 account of “Pride and Prejudice”. Her work has appeared in The New York Times and the Los Angeles Review of Books, among others. She received her master’s degree from Boston University and was awarded the Florence Engel Randall Fiction Prize.

“We Refuse to Forget: A True Story of Black Creeks, American Identity and Power” tells the extraordinary story of the Creek Nation, an Indigenous tribe that two centuries ago owned slaves and accepted black people as citizens at full share. Through the efforts of Creek leaders, the U.S. government recognized Creek citizenship in 1866 for its black members. Yet this equality was shredded in the 1970s when tribal leaders revoked Black Creeks citizenship. In “We Refuse to Forget,” author Caleb Gayle explores the complex racial and economic factors that led to the decision and shines a light on the Black Creeks’ campaign to regain their citizenship.

Gayle is an award-winning journalist who writes about race and identity. A professor at Northeastern University, he is a fellow of New America, PEN America, and Harvard’s Radcliffe Institute of Advanced Studies, and a visiting scholar at New York University. His writing has appeared in The New York Times Magazine, The Atlantic, and other publications. The son of Jamaican immigrants, Gayle graduated from the University of Oklahoma and the University of Oxford, and holds an MBA and master’s degree in public policy from Harvard University.

Fitness enthusiasts will enjoy “Sweat: A History of Exercise,” in which author Bill Hayes explores the cultural and scientific history of why and how people exercise, and how the human body works.

Hayes is the author of “How We Live Now,” “Insomniac City,” and “The Anatomist,” among other books. He is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship in Non-Fiction and is a frequent contributor to The New York Times. Hayes has completed the script for a film adaptation of “Insomniac City,” currently in the works at Brouhaha Entertainment.

“The Divorce Colony: How Women Revolutionized Marriage and Found Freedom on the American Frontier” presents a colorful history of divorce in the late 19th century. Author April White focuses on four prominent women, including a descendant of the Astors and the daughter-in-law of a presidential candidate, who traveled to Sioux Falls, SD to end their marriage. Requiring only a three-month stay to establish residency, Sioux Falls has become the center of a national debate that has reshaped nationwide attitudes toward marriage and divorce.

White, editor and managing editor at Atlas Obscura, previously worked as an editor at Smithsonian Magazine. His work has also appeared in The Washington Post and The Atavist Magazine, among others. White has collaborated with nonfiction authors on more than a dozen book projects and has authored or co-authored eight cookbooks and several other food and drink books. She holds a master’s degree in history.

The 2022 History Book Festival begins Friday, September 23 with a keynote presentation by Pulitzer Prize-winning writer Buzz Bissinger and ends Sunday, September 25 with a closing keynote by Pulitzer Prize-winning Ada Ferrer. story 2022. Tickets for the keynote and closing presentations must be purchased in advance at bit.ly/hbf22-tickets.

Throughout the day on Saturday, September 24, authors will discuss their books at historic venues in Lewes.

All events except the keynote and closing speakers are free; seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Biblion in Lewes and Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach will have books available for purchase ahead of the festival. History Book Festival titles may also be borrowed through the Delaware Public Library system as they are published.

Present sponsors of the festival are Delaware Humanities and The Lee Ann Wilkinson Group of Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices Gallo Realty. Dogfish Head Craft Brewery and Distilling Company is Keynote Funding Partner; Joe and Debbie Schell are the funding partners for the closing presentation.

The History Book Festival is the first and only book festival in the United States devoted exclusively to history.

For more information, visit historybookfestival.org.


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