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Cornell University School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions


Novelist Robert Morgan reads from Chasing the North Star

School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions, August 11, 2017

Robert Morgan, Kappa Alpha Professor of English at Cornell, read from his 2016 novel Chasing the North Star in Kennedy Hall on July 26, 2017, as part of the free summer events series sponsored by the School of Continuing Education and Summer Sessions.

Inspired by the true story of a runaway slave who was taken in by Morgan's family, Chasing the North Star tells a tale of two teenage slaves who escape from plantations in the Carolinas, link up by accident, and make their way to Ithaca in 1851, through many dangers and narrow escapes. Told from alternating points of view, it is a story of both the horrors of slavery and the resilience of the human spirit.

Video: Robert Morgan talks about his latest book, Chasing the North Star