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AARP Maryland Book Club: A Conversation with Award-Winning Author Scott Shane

Join us on Tuesday, May 21, from 4 to 5 p.m. ET, for a chat with Scott Shane, Pulitzer Prize-winning author and journalist, about his novel "Flee North: A Forgotten Hero and the Fight for Freedom in Slavery's Borderland."

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The novel unveils the extraordinary story of Thomas Smallwood, a self-liberated abolitionist who led hundreds to freedom from slavery. Set in the 1840s, the self-educated shoemaker organized escapes while racing against slave traders. The narrative exposes the inhumanity of the era, offering insights into today's racial inequities.

Don't miss this glimpse into an untold American hero's journey and connect with the author of this fascinating American novel. Register to book your seat today.

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SCOTT SHANE was a reporter for fifteen years at The New York Times, where he was twice a member of teams that won Pulitzer Prizes, and before that for twenty-one years at The Baltimore Sun. His two previous books are Dismantling Utopia, a firsthand account of the collapse of the Soviet Union, and Objective Troy, the story of an American terrorist killed in a drone strike on orders of President Obama. In 2019–20, he was a fellow at the SNF Agora Institute at Johns Hopkins University, where he taught courses on media and on the Russian attack on the 2016 American presidential election.

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