Book Signing: Irène Mathieu - Grand Marronage

We are delighted to welcome back Handley High School Graduate and award winning poet Irène Mathieu to the Winchester Book Gallery. Her first book of poetry, Oregeny, has been a huge hit here at the shop and we look forward to her latest collection – Grand Marronage.  In Louisiana and other parts of the American South, the Caribbean, and South America, escaped African and Native peoples formed "maroon communities" deep in swamps and mountains. Historians refer to the permanent establishment of these free settlements as "grand marronage." Similarly, Creole communities in New Orleans resisted Jim Crow--but at whose expense? This book examines the lives of New Orleans' Creole women of color, told through multiple generations. The women of Grand Marronage find ways to diminish the impacts of racism and sexism, but not without cost. Grand Marronage is a map of the spiritual maroon community created by Creole foremothers, and a beginning of the work still to be done for this marronage to be complete.

Event date: 
Saturday, May 4, 2019 - 11:00am to 1:00pm
Event address: 
7 North Loudoun Street
Winchester, VA 22601
Grand Marronage Cover Image
$20.70
ISBN: 9780986187667
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Switchback Books - March 27th, 2019

Poetry. African & African American Studies. Women's Studies. In Louisiana and other parts of the American South, the Caribbean, and South America, escaped African and Native peoples formed "maroon communities" deep in swamps and mountains.