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Author Anne Hagedorn to present free reading of her books at Newport History Museum on May 17

Author Anne Hagedorn will present a free reading of her books Beyond the River and Savage Peace at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 17, at the Newport History Museum.

A Pulitzer prize nominee, Hagedorn paired the books due to their importance in the story of race relations within the United States. Beyond the River paints the portrait of abolitionists in the Ohio River Valley and the Underground Railroad.

Savage Peace focuses on the year 1919 and its significance as the year the civil rights movement was born in the United States.

Hagedorn has also written Wild Ride but is best known for her work on The Invisible Soldiers, which detailed the rising use of private security forces. She is living part-time in Ripley, Ohio working on her upcoming book, Beyond the River.

The Newport History Museum represents a significant site for this event. Previously the Southgate Street School, it was where African Americans in Campbell County sent their children during the “separate but equal” educational period.

Bill Goodman of Kentucky Humanities will interview Hagedorn and will include audience questions. Goodman is the former host of the Kentucky Educational Television book club. Following the talk, Hagedorn will sign books and chat with readers.

The talk is hosted by the City of Newport, the Elsa Heisel Sule Foundation, Kentucky Humanities and DBL Law.

Those interested in race or history in America are encouraged to attend, as well as those who are passionate about writing.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with wine and appetizers available shortly after. Admission is free but attendees are encouraged to RSVP and more information may be found at https://hagedorn.eventbrite.com/.

NKyTribune intern David Kubota contributed to this story.

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