Blue Bicycle Books, Charleston, SC

An American Quilt by Rachel May, Tues., June 5, 5 pm

Join us Tues., June 5, 5 pm as Rachel May will be here to talk about her new book An American Quilt (Pegasus Books, hb., 426 pp., $28).

Following the trail left by an unfinished quilt, this illuminating saga examines slavery from the cotton fields of the South to the textile mills of New England―and the humanity behind it. May brilliantly stitches together the often-silenced legacy of slavery by revealing the lives of these urban enslaved women and their world. Beautifully written and richly imagined, An American Quilt is a luminous historical examination and an appreciation of a craft that provides such a tactile connection to the past.

Rachel May, PhD, MFA, is the author of The BenedictinesThe Experiments: A Legend in Pictures and Words, and Quilting with a Modern Slant, which was named a Best Book of 2014 by Library Journal & Her embroidered illustrations accompany two novellas published by Jaded Ibis Press and have been shown in galleries in the midwest. She’s been a resident and fellow at The Vermont Studio Center, the VCCA, and The Millay Colony, and is an Assistant Professor of English at Northern Michigan University.

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