Book of the Week (11/13/2017)

A Colored Man in Exeter by Michael Cameron Ward (U.S.? : Creative Plutonium, 2017).

Local author Michael Cameron Ward's memoir tells the stories and experiences of his father, and family in Lee, New Hampshire at a racially tumultuous time in history.  
In the summer of 1957 the Ward family moved from Brooklyn, New York to Lee, New Hampshire to escape gang violence. It was an era when racial tensions were high and they were the first “colored family” in the area. Needless to say, over the years they encountered many interesting experiences and created a storied life. They also became respected members of the community, led by parents, Harold and Virginia Ward, a couple with strong convictions and compassion.

Harold, Michael Cameron Ward’s 94-year-old father, was hospitalized in the beginning of May 2015 with only weeks to live. On the 20th he made a request of his son: “Michael, I want you to write the stories of our existence. I want my great grandchildren to know where they came from.” Then, as Michael sat beside his father’s bed on the 4th floor at Exeter Hospital, his father recounted stories of his life that had never been told before. If not captured, they would be lost forever. On June 9th, 2015 Harold died, and Michael has been fulfilling his father’s request ever since. --RiverRun website
Join Michael Cameron Ward at River Run Bookstore on November 14th at 6:30 pm in Portsmouth, NH!

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