A Virtual Performance Reading
by Michael Otieno Molina
November 7, 2020 from 6-7:30 pm EST
This is an author reading of the book Jim Huckleberry by Michael Otieno Molina.
Jim Huckleberry branches from the episodic plot of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by telling a closely related story arc through the thoughts and experiences of Jim, Huck’s enslaved runaway companion, giving the character new depth and complexity. Ridding the story of Mark Twain’s worst racist tropes, Jim Huckleberry fills the void of Twain’s blindspots with the full humanity of an enslaved man. Historical footnotes add a layer of insight into true details of American enslavement.
In this hour and a half, Mike will read from passages about maintaining family, hope, love, courage, and identity in the face of racial, religious, and societal oppression. By sharing historical footnotes and revealing details of his process in writing over 300 pages of rhythmic, rhymed prose, this performance reading and author’s talk is perfect for teachers, students, lovers of lyricism and anyone curious about American history.