Lalita Tademy, "Citizens Creek" 8-23-2015

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Dr. Brenda Greene talks with New York Times best-selling author Lalita Tademy about her new novel, “Citizens Creek,” an evocative story of an enslaved man who possesses the extraordinary gift to master languages and buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars The book follows the life of Cow Tom and his granddaughter, Rose, who sustains his legacy of courage. Greene and Tademy also discuss the extensive research and writing process that Tademy used in creating this work. “Citizens Creek” is a beautifully written novel about a little-known chapter of American history and it presents a breathtaking tale of identity, community, and family.

About the Author

Lalita Tademy is the author of three historical novels. Her debut, “Cane River,” was Oprah’s summer Book Pick in 2001 and became San Francisco’s One City, One Book in 2007. Stanford University recently selected “Cane River” as assigned reading for all incoming freshmen in 2015.Her second novel, “Red River,” was released to critical acclaim in 2007. Her third novel, “Citizens Creek,” was published in 2014. Tademy has been featured in People Magazine, O Magazine, More Magazine, Good Housekeeping, The Today Show, The Early Show, CNN, and the Oprah Winfrey Show, and she has appeared as a speaker for the Library of Congress and National Book Festival, the California Governor’s Conference for Women, African American Librarians–Black Caucus, Louisiana Library Association, Professional Businesswomen of California, National Association of Principals for Girls, and as a San Francisco Library Laureate. She lives in Northern California with her husband.

Archives: Dr. Greene interviewed New York Times best-selling author, Lalita Tademy on August 23, 2015 and discussed her novel “Citizens Creek,” which is an evocative story about an enslaved man who possesses an extraordinary gift to master languages and buys his freedom after serving as a translator during the American Indian Wars.

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