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October 15, 2013

Scott Kelby Worldwide Photowalk 2013
Huntington, West Virginia

My current book is The Bondwoman's Narrative (Amazon), written by Hannah Crafts and edited by Henry Louis Gates Jr., a Harvard professor and a native of West Virginia. (Wikipedia).  Gates had bought the hand-written manuscript at auction for $8,500 then did extensive research in trying to find the history of the author and prove the idea that it was the first novel written by an African American woman.  The story is told through the eyes of a slave Hannah who has an elegant story telling ability and a wonderful way with words.   Gates had been able to prove the time period in which the story was written and everyone was pretty certain it was written by a former slave and had not been changed or edited by any others.  The issue that remained was "Who was Hannah Crafts?".  

While looking up some items to write this, I've discovered that just last month the mystery has been solved.  Read all about it here at the New York Times.