Left Bank Books presents award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian Candacy Taylor, who will sign and discuss her new book, Overground Railroad: The Green Book and the Roots of Black Travel in America (Harry N. Abrams, January 2020) on Thursday, February 13, 7:00 p.m. at Left Bank Books (399 N. Euclid). This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Overground Railroad from Left Bank Books is required to enter the signing line.
Published from 1936 to 1966, the Green Book was hailed as the "black travel guide to America." At that time, it was very dangerous and difficult for African-Americans to travel because black travelers couldn't eat, sleep, or buy gas at most white-owned businesses. The Green Book listed hotels, restaurants, gas stations, and other businesses that were safe for black travelers. It was a resourceful and innovative solution to a horrific problem. It took courage to be listed in the Green Book, and Overground Railroad celebrates the stories of those who put their names in the book and stood up against segregation. It shows the history of the Green Book, how we arrived at our present historical moment, and how far we still have to go when it comes to race relations in America.
Brent Leggs, Executive Director of African American Cultural Heritage Action Fund, says of Overground Railroad, "With passion, conviction, and clarity, Taylor's book unearths a fascinating and true--if not willfully obscured--history of African American activism and entrepreneurship in the United States." Alden Mudge at Bookpage calls it "...[an] electrifying deep dive into the history of the Green Book."
Candacy Taylor is an award-winning author, photographer and cultural documentarian. Her work has been featured in more than fifty media outlets, including the New Yorker and The Atlantic. She is the recipient of numerous fellowships and grants, including The Hutchins Center for African American Research at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Humanities. She lives in Denver, Colorado.
Candacy Taylor will discuss Overground Railroad, answer questions, and sign books at this Left Bank Books event. This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Overground Railroad from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Books for signing are available from Left Bank Books in advance or at the event. For more information, call 314.367.6731 or visit left-bank.com.