Press Release December 30, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Outskirts Press announces Passage(S) To Saint-Domingue, the latest highly-anticipated fiction / historical / general book from RICHMOND, VA author William “Duke” Smither (website:

December 30, 2021. Denver, CO and RICHMOND, VA – Outskirts Press, Inc. has published Passage(S) To Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey, Overture to the Gathering of Vultures by William “Duke” Smither, which is the author’s most recent book to date. The 6 x 9 black & white paperback in the fiction / historical / general category is available worldwide on book retailer websites such as Amazon and Barnes & Noble for a suggested retail price of $28.95. The webpage at was launched simultaneously with the book’s publication.

About the Book (Excerpts & Info)

Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey… is the sequel to Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’ and second book in the Trilogy on Western Hemispheric Marronage. It unfolds around 1742, in the wake of guerrilla warfare against British forces in Jamaica. Jakobe’s life begins in the militaristic Maroon village of Akrafena, from nearly cradle to teen, with childhood shenanigans and wagering hi-jinks near the docks of Kingston Harbor. Jakobe’s Journey gathers momentum as a seaman-apprentice and “powder monkey” aboard the Sea Serpent, a lightly-armed, two-masted merchant ship used for smuggling. At 20, on the lam in the revenge killing for his father’s death, Jakobe takes flight to the Island of Hispaniola. In Saint-Domingue, his unique seafaring skills accrue to the benefit of his new family, as well as mountain Maroons. During the run-up to the island’s successful insurrection, Jakobe finds himself with well-heeled connections to black-marketing circles and a secret network of abolitionists. As a close friend and confident of General Toussaint L’Ouverture, he was assigned tactical-and-munitions liaison duties under General Jean-Jacques Dessalines. Then, as vultures gather during the hushed but historic victory of the enslaved over the French at the Battle of Vertieres, Jakobe confronts the meaning of life once more. Six weeks later, on January 1, 1804, Dessalines proclaimed the island’s independence, renaming it as “Ayiti,” the indigenous Taino name.

Deftly constructed at 460 pages, Passage(S) To Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey, Overture to the Gathering of Vultures is being aggressively promoted to appropriate markets with a focus on the fiction / historical / general category. With U.S. wholesale distribution through Ingram and Baker & Taylor, and pervasive online availability through AmazonBarnes & Noble and elsewhere, Passage(S) To Saint-Domingue meets consumer demand through both retail and library markets with a suggested retail price of $28.95.

Additionally, Passage(S) To Saint-Domingue can be ordered by retailers or wholesalers for the maximum trade discount price set by the author in quantities of ten or more from the Outskirts Press Direct bookstore at

ISBN: 9781977248954Format: 6 x 9 Black & White PaperbackSRP: $28.95

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About the Author

William “Duke” Smither, author of “Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe’s Journey, Overture to the Gathering of Vultures,” is a U.S. Navy Veteran (Viet Nam Era, Cuban Missile Crisis, Cuban Blockade), native of Frankfort, KY, resident of Richmond, VA, and retired nuclear site worker, security administrator, and Sr. Investigator for Dominion Energy (Virginia Power). A graduate of St. Paul’s College (BS – Organizational Management), most of his undergraduate studies were performed, while married, working, and an evening college student at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he later returned for postgraduate studies in Criminal Justice Administration. Side interests in African-American History and independent studies and research in Ancient African History led to Backstreet Djeli’s Blog, the history-related journal he created at, and several assignments as contributing writer for “BlackPast.Org,” the international web-based reference center for African-American History, at His current website is: During retirement, this grandfather of six remained active in faith-based and community-oriented drama productions as an actor, playwright, and director, within the scope of Afrocentric perspectives, while performing various monologues about the Underground Railroad and other narratives he calls ‘The Missing Pages’ from America’s classroom history books. His debut novel, “Backroads to ‘Bethlehem: Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Transatlantic Slave Trade (2018)” was his first installment of a planned historical-fiction trilogy on Western Hemispheric marronage. “Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue…” is the sequel. The third manuscript project and final installment is underway, pending completion.

About Outskirts Press, Inc.

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About William "Duke" Smither (formerly, penname "Backstreet D'jeli")

William "Duke" Smither, author of "Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue..." and “Backroads to 'Bethlehem'..." is a Frankfort Kentucky native; Richmond Virginia resident. Retired Public Utility Sr. Investigator and nuclear site worker, Married w/ 3 children and 6 grandchildren; U.S. Navy Viet Nam Era & Cuban Missile Crisis Veteran; Member of "Cuban Blockade Survivors" & The American Legion; B.S. Degree (Business Mgmt) w/ independent studies in Ancient African History and African-American History. Post-graduate studies in Criminal Justice Administration. Former Sports & Feature writer for the weekly Richmond Afro-American Newspaper, during Freshman year of college. Retirement activities include: Freelance writer, playwright, actor and director of faith-based community theater productions; founder of "Backstreet's Blog" ("Talking Drum Dialogues") at and former contributing writer for "BlackPast.Org," the international, on-line reference center for African American History. His debut novel, “Backroads to 'Bethlehem'...,” is the first installment of a Trilogy on marronage and resistance. The second installment ["Passage(s) to Saint-Domingue: Jakobe's Journey..."], was released on December 30, 2021. Book #3 is underway, pending completion in the not-too-distant future.