The Cherokee Rose by Dr. Tiya Miles (Book Launch Event)

Topic Areas: Special Events

Date: 
March 24, 2015 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Location: 
2239 Lane Hall, 204 S. State St. Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1290

Presenter: Dr. Tiya Miles, Professor of American Culture, Afroamerican & African Studies, History, Native American Studies and Women Studies; University of Michigan

Please join us for a book launch event for Dr. Tiya Miles, an award-winning historian, scholar, and educator, who will discuss and read from her new book, The Cherokee Rose.

Dr. Miles is an award-winning historian and the recipient of a recent MacArthur “Genius Grant,” The Cherokee Rose explores territory reminiscent of the bestselling and beloved works of Alice Walker, Octavia Butler, and Louise Erdrich. Now, Tiya Miles's luminous but highly accessible novel examines a little-known aspect of America’s past—slaveholding by Southern Creeks and Cherokees—and its legacy in the lives of three young women who are drawn to the Georgia plantation where scenes of extreme cruelty and equally extraordinary compassion once played out.

Based on the author's in-depth and award-winning research into archival sources at the Chief Vann House Historic Site in Chatsworth, Georgia, and the Moravian mission sponsored there in the early 1800s, Miles has blended this fascinating history with a contemporary cast of engaging and memorable characters, including Jinx, the free-spirited historian exploring her tribe’s complicated racial history; Ruth, whose mother sought refuge from a troubled marriage in her beloved garden and the cosmetic empire she built from its bounty; Cheyenne, the Southern black debutante seeking to connect with a meaningful personal history; and, hovering above them all, the spirit of long-gone Mary Ann Battis, a young woman suspected of burning a mission to the ground and then disappearing from tribal records. Together, the women’s discoveries about the secrets of the Cherokee plantation trace their attempts to connect with the strong spirits of the past and reconcile the conflicts in their own lives.

A reception and book signing will follow this program.

 

This event is co-sponsored by the Department of Afroamerican & African Studies, the Institute for Research on Women & Gender, Department of American Culture, the Department of Native American Studies, and the Center for the Education of Women.

Special thanks to Literati Bookstore and Blair Publishing Company.

 





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