A Poem During Church

Aaron will be reading a poem during the service at St. Chad’s on November 20th.

Virtual discussion for Blyden B. Jackson Jr.’s posthumously released novel, “For One Day of Freedom”

Rokeby Museum presents a Virtual discussion for Blyden B. Jackson Jr.’s posthumously released novel, “For One Day of Freedom”.

Discussion Led by:

Jane Clark Jackson (foreword) married Blyden Jackson in 1975. They made their home in New York, Vermont, and New Jersey until Blyden’s death in 2012. As a nurse-midwife she adapted a British medical dictionary for American usage, The New American Pocket Medical Dictionary and wrote and edited a compendium of resource information for nurses, The Whole Nurse Catalog.

Brandyn Adeo, PhD (afterword) is an associate professor of philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, New Jersey. He received his PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. His dissertation is entitled “The Revolution Must Be Funny: The Liberatory and Revolutionary Power of Comedy.” He also performs with his band, Universal Rebel, under the name Adeo. 

Aaron B. Jackson, son of Blyden Jackson, is a poet who has been published in more than fifty publications, at times using the pen name Middlepoet. He is the former Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ. His poetry has been exhibited in Finland’s Pori Art Museum as part of a multimedia collaboration with photographer Chi Modu and motion artist Jan Tompkins and he has twice been the recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation. 

Gabriel Levinson
Gabriel Levinson is the publisher and founding editor of ANTIBOOKCLUB, a Brooklyn-based independent press. He teaches in New York University’s Center for Publishing and is a senior production editor for Penguin Random House.

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Rokeby Museum Virtual Event!

Rokeby Museum Event:

VIRTUAL LECTURE:
Blyden B. Jackson Jr.’s posthumously released novel, For One Day of Freedom
Thursday, September 29, 6:30 pm
via ZOOM
FREE

For One Day of Freedom, Blyden Jackson’s third and final novel, published posthumously, is an epic tale of a young man’s attempt to escape slavery. Blyden was a civil rights activist in the 1960s who made his home in Vermont from 1981 to 2002. Join Rokeby Museum and Treleven Farm for a discussion about the book led by contributors to Jackson’s final publication and the book’s publisher. 

Discussion Led by:

Jane Clark Jackson (foreword) married Blyden Jackson in 1975. They made their home in New York, Vermont, and New Jersey until Blyden’s death in 2012. As a nurse-midwife she adapted a British medical dictionary for American usage, The New American Pocket Medical Dictionary and wrote and edited a compendium of resource information for nurses, The Whole Nurse Catalog.

Brandyn Adeo, PhD (afterword) is an associate professor of philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, New Jersey. He received his PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. His dissertation is entitled “The Revolution Must Be Funny: The Liberatory and Revolutionary Power of Comedy.” He also performs with his band, Universal Rebel, under the name Adeo. 

Aaron B. Jackson, son of Blyden Jackson, is a poet who has been published in more than fifty publications, at times using the pen name Middlepoet. He is the former Poet Laureate of Jersey City, NJ. His poetry has been exhibited in Finland’s Pori Art Museum as part of a multimedia collaboration with photographer Chi Modu and motion artist Jan Tompkins and he has twice been the recipient of grants from the Puffin Foundation. 

Gabriel Levinson
Gabriel Levinson is the publisher and founding editor of ANTIBOOKCLUB, a Brooklyn-based independent press. He teaches in New York University’s Center for Publishing and is a senior production editor for Penguin Random House.

About the Author:

Blyden B. Jackson, Jr. (1936–2012) was a civil rights activist who served as a founder of the New Haven, Connecticut, chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) before founding and becoming chairman of the East River chapter of CORE, located in Harlem. In his life he was a husband and a father, a community organizer, a builder, a marine, an emergency medical technician, a coach, and a teacher, among a plethora of other titles. His previous books are the novels Operation Burning Candle and Totem.

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An interview with Aaron

Bookworks bookstore is the And Other Stories Bookshop of the Month! Check out this interview with Store Manager Aaron here!

For One Day Of Freedom by Blyden B. Jackson Jr.

From Antibookclub –

A young man strives to escape from slavery in this blistering epic from Jackson (Operation Burning Candle), a novelist and civil rights activist known for his contributions to the Black thriller genre of the 1960s and ’70s who died in 2012. Jubel plans his escape on the eve of cotton-picking season and upon the passage of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, which demands that all people who escaped from slavery must be captured and returned to their “owners.” . . . Jackson’s propulsive prose conveys Jubel’s urgency and his Odyssean string of obstacles . . The steady supply of action and psychological insights makes this a knockout.” —Publishers Weekly

After months of planning, Jubel prepares his escape. In two days, he will embark on a perilous journey to Canada to secure his freedom. And with the passing of the Fugitive Slave Act of 1850, there will be no safe place for him until he crosses the border. Determined to break the generational shackles—his own parents having been sold and split apart from each other—Jubel will learn the path by forging it, and then return to the Windsor Plantation for Missy, the love of his life. Missy, meanwhile, holds a terrible secret of her own.

To Robb Windsor, the youngest of the clan at twenty-two, Jubel is as much as a friend as he is a prize slave. They grew up together, bonded. Now Jubel must navigate not only the physical terrain of the swampland while being pursued by salve catcher Big Kit and his dogs but also the psychological battlefield of being hunted by his only boyhood friend.

On his run for “the Freedom,” Jubel will meet many characters—some in pursuit of their own liberation, others with far more nefarious intent. At every turn, from swampland to steamboat to the North, he will have to make split-second decisions on who he can trust, and for how long.

This posthumous release of Jackson’s third and final novel includes a foreword by Jane Clark Jackson and an afterword by Dr. Brandyn Adeo.

Blyden Brown Jackson Jr. (1936–2012) was a civil rights activist who served as a founder of the New Haven, Connecticut, chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) before founding and becoming chairman of the East River chapter of CORE, located in Harlem. In his life he was a husband and a father, a community organizer, a builder, a marine, an emergency medical technician, a coach, and a teacher, among a plethora of other titles. His previous books are the novels Operation Burning Candle and Totem.

Jane Clark Jackson (foreword) married Blyden Jackson in 1975. They made their home in New York, Vermont, and New Jersey until Blyden’s death in 2012. As a nurse-midwife she adapted a British medical dictionary for American usage, The New American Pocket Medical Dictionary and wrote and edited a compendium of resource information for nurses, The Whole Nurse Catalog .

Brandyn Adeo, PhD (afterword) is an associate professor of philosophy at Raritan Valley Community College in Somerville, New Jersey. He received his PhD in philosophy from the New School for Social Research. His dissertation is entitled “The Revolution Must Be Funny: The Liberatory and Revolutionary Power of Comedy.” He also performs with his band, Universal Rebel, under the name Adeo. 

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Two Great Books By Cotey Gallagher

Two Book Friday comes early this week because we are super duper excited about the two books! Our books this week are Waffles the Mouse and Have You Ever? Both books are fantastic and fun and are written and illustrated by the fabulously talented Cotey Gallagher. https://www.coteycillustration.com/ Check them out they are great! 

Jasmine and Captain Marvel

Jasmine and Captain Marvel

Two Book Friday, winter storm edition! First we Have Jasmine’s Story or as the little one will think “my story”. Next we have a Little Golden Captain Marvel book, because Captain Marvel is super cool and dad is really excited for the movie to come out.