News Release, College of Southern Maryland

Since the recent release of her new book, “Uncle Tom’s Journey from Maryland to Canada,” which traces the life of Abolitionist Josiah Henson from his birthplace in La Plata, Novelist Edna Troiano has been making news with her account of Henson’s role in bringing slaves to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

A retired professor who chaired the Department of Languages and Literature for 20 years at the College of Southern Maryland (CSM), Troiano will read from her book and help bring to life Henson’s journeys during CSM’s April Connections Literary Series. In fact Henson – Troiano will share – was Harriet Beecher Stowe’s inspiration in Stowe’s famous novel “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.”

“He lived an amazing life. I was fascinated by him and really couldn’t stop thinking about him,” Troiano told the Charles County newspaper, the Maryland Independent during a December 2018 interview. “I became curious about why he had faded from history.” (Read more from Maryland Independent Reporter Johnathon Clinkscales’ recent three-part series“Restoring Josiah Henson’s rightful place in history.” which highlights Troiano’s book)

Troiano,who holds a PhD in comparative literature, is professor emerita of CSM. She has coauthored two college rhetoric texts (Write to KnowandThe Contemporary Writer) and co-edited an anthology of Christmas literature (The Roads from Bethlehem). Her articles, book reviews, and essays have been published widely in academic journals and popular magazines.

The April 5 CSM Connections Literary Series will kick off at 7:30 p.m. at the La Plata Campus Center Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room 103. Tickets are $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM student ID. Tickets may be purchased by emailingconnections@csmd.edu.

While CSM’s Connections readings are designed to offer the Southern Maryland community a chance to hear from and meet established and emerging local writers up-close-and-personal, the series also produces the Connections Literary Magazine. This regional literary journal features poems, stories, artwork and photography submitted by students, staff and Southern Maryland residents. Publication readings from the magazine take place in December and May each year.

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Novelist Edna Troiano will read from her latest book, “Uncle Tom’s Journey from Maryland to Canada,” which traces the life of Josiah Henson from his birthplace in La Plata during CSM’s Connection Series April 5.

The Connections Literary Series is sponsored by CSM’s English, Communication and Languages Division. Grants have been provided through the Arts Council of Calvert County, the Charles County Arts Alliance, the St. Mary’s County Arts Council and the Maryland State Arts Council.

To view dozens of videos from past and recent CSM literary events, visit the college’s official YouTube Educational Channel,https://www.youtube.com/view_play_list?p=F2D9EBEBF5D43F65. For information about CSM’s Connections Literary Series, visitwww.csmd.edu/community/connections-literary-series/.

Calendar

CSM Connections Literary Series: Novelist Edna Troiano. 7:30 p.m. April 5. College of Southern Maryland (CSM) La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room 103. Troiano will read from her latest book, ‘Uncle Tom’s Journey from Maryland to Canada, traces the life of Josiah Henson from his birthplace in La Plata, Maryland.’ $3 in advance; $5 at the event; or $3 with CSM student ID. Tickets may be purchased by emailingconnections@csmd.edu.www.csmd.edu/community/connections-literary-series/connections-readings.

CSM Connections Literary Series: A Special Evening of Artworks and Poetry: Visions of Verses. 5-8 p.m. April 13. calvART Gallery, 110 South Solomons Island Road, Prince Frederick. CSM, in collaboration with the Arts Council of Calvert County and the CalvART gallery, will host a very special evening to celebrate the value of art in our lives. The program will feature paintings by CalvART Gallery member artists and a reading of poems by Southern Maryland poets inspired by the artwork. For more information, visitwww.calvertarts.org.

CSM Connections Literary Series: Spring 2019 “Connections” Literary Magazine Publication Reading.7:30 p.m. May 3. College of Southern Maryland (CSM) La Plata Campus Center for Business and Industry (BI Building), Dr. John M. Sine Conference Room 103. Contributors to the spring 2019 “Connections” Literary Magazine will read and discuss their published works. Free.https://www.csmd.edu/community/connections-literary-series/connections-magazine/

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