National Writers Series: David Blight and Miles Harvey

Jul 23, 2020

You might say David Blight is absorbed with the life of abolitionist Frederick Douglass. David, who's an author, teacher and historian, has written three books about him. His latest is called “Frederick Douglass: Prophet of Freedom.” It won the Pulitzer Prize for History, and is now being adapted into a movie for Netflix, produced by Barack and Michelle Obama. David appeared at a virtual National Writers Series event. He spoke with author and director of Arts and Culture for the city of Detroit, Rochelle Riley.

In the second half of the program, we’ll hear a discussion with Miles Harvey, who'll tell you all about "The King of Beaver Island." Miles’s latest book is called “The King of Confidence." It’s about James Strang, who founded an offshoot Mormon colony on the island after the death of founder Joseph Smith. Miles Harvey appeared at a virtual National Writers Series event and talked with fellow author Jeremiah Chamberlin.