New historical fiction depicts slave rebellion in Colonial Brazil and Jamaica…
William ‘Duke’ Smither announces publication of ‘Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’’
RICHMOND, Va. – “Backroads to ‘Bethlehem:’ Odysseys of the Maroon Warrior, in the Shadows of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade” (published by Abbott Press) by William “Duke” Smither is a fictional narrative about slave rebellion in Colonial Brazil and Jamaica, inspired by actual events.
The story unfolds in 1693, during the waning days of a militaristic, fugitive slave village in Northeast Brazil and the widening landscape of Maroon Wars, in Jamaica. The narrative follows the enculturation of West African tribes and the indigenous peoples of Latin America and the Caribbean, on a continuum of conscionable and sustained resistance. The theme focuses on the pursuits of freedom and human dignity amid the contradictions of colonialism and human slavery.
“Hopefully, readers might be reminded that, in my opinion, we’re all interconnected and some ‘part cousin,’ regardless of our religiosity,” says Smither. “In my own life experiences, I’ve come to appreciate that – as human beings – we are all more alike than not. Thus, if we sincerely strive to learn more about each other, the more that racism and bigotry might further disappear.”
“Backroads to ‘Bethlehem’…”
By William “Duke” Smither
Softcover | 6 x 9 in | 450 pages | ISBN 9781458221612
E-Book | 450 pages | ISBN 9781458221605
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble
About the Author
William “Duke” Smither is a U.S. Navy Veteran native of Frankfort, Kentucky, resident of Richmond, Virginia, and retired senior investigator for Dominion Energy. As a freshman at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), majoring in journalism, he was a sports reporter for VCU’s newspaper and sports & feature writer for the Richmond Afro-American Newspaper. With the help of his devoted wife, Sharon, in raising three kids, working rotating shifts, and attending evening college, he later graduated with a bachelor’s degree in organizational management from St. Paul’s College, returning to VCU for postgraduate studies in criminal justice administration. Independent studies in African and African-American History led to “Backstreet Djeli’s Blog,” the history-related journal he created at http://www.backstreetdjeli.com, and duties as contributing writer for “Blackpast.org,” a web-based reference center for African-American History.
(Abbott Press, a division of Writer’s Digest – the oldest and most respected publisher devoted to the education and advancement of writers – is an indie-publishing imprint dedicated to helping writers bring their literary vision to print…)