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Book Banter with A. E. Rooks
April 28 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We are thrilled to welcome author A.E. Rooks to Book Banter!
A groundbreaking history of the Black Joke, the most famous member of the British Royal Navy’s anti-slavery squadron, and the long fight to end the transatlantic slave trade. Author A.E. Rooks chronicles the adventures on this ship and its crew in a brilliant, lively narrative of the history of Britain’s suppression efforts. Harrowing and heartbreaking, The Black Joke is a crucial and deeply compelling work of history, both as a reckoning with slavery and abolition and as a lesson about the power of political will—or the lack thereof.
A.E. Rooks hopes to always be a student of history, which hasn’t stopped her from studying everything else. While her forthcoming debut, The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade, explores a little discussed facet of the transatlantic slave trade, previous writing credits include Between the Briefs, for which she won two national awards for sex positive journalism.
A two-time Jeopardy! champion whose schooling spans theatre, law, library and information science, education, human sexuality, Rooks’ literary passions are united by what the past can teach us about the present, how history shapes our future, and above all, really interesting stories.