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The Record Keeper–an Afro-Futurist Southern Novel
June 18 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm$5
Agnes Gomillion’s debut, The Record Keeper, is the first of a series of Afro-futuristic novels that trace and illuminate an African-American family’s journey from slavery to relative freedom in the American South. A futuristic retelling of the life of Frederick Douglas, the book speaks to the modern and future civil rights movements and the movement for Black lives. It’s an epic adventure that physically takes place in Georgia 200 years from now. After World War III, Earth is in ruins, and the final armies have come to a reluctant truce. Everyone must obey the law in every way or risk shattering the fragile peace and endangering the entire human race.
Although Arika Cobane is a member of the race whose backbreaking labor provides food for the remnants of humanity, she is destined to become a member of the Kongo elite. After ten grueling years of training, she is on the threshold of taking her place of privilege far from the fields. But everything changes when a new student arrives. Hosea Khan spews dangerous words of treason: What does peace matter if innocent lives are lost to maintain it?
As Arika is exposed to new beliefs, she realizes that the laws she has dedicated herself to uphold are the root of her people’s misery. If Arika is to liberate her people, she must unearth her fierce heart and discover the true meaning of freedom: finding the courage to live or die without fear.
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