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View More: http://photographybynicolejohnson.pass.us/laurenjohnweddingWelcome to my online home. This is where I open the door and invite you inside to meet my literary family: my ten nonfiction books, four podcasts, and almost 200 magazine articles–many available right here–and my Roaring Twenties mystery series written by my alter ego, Mary Miley. I’ve been busy with promoting Silent Murders, which came out last fall, and I’m looking forward to seeing the book I wrote for Colonial Williamsburg, Rivers and Roads, appear this August. My writing is focused on finishing the fourth in the Roaring Twenties mystery series (working title, Murder in Disguise), and writing two corporate histories. My calendar is light on travel–only 5 book events scheduled in the next 3 months and most are open to the public. 

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Impersonator Give-away

June 13, 2015

51mqUstf5iL._SL500_AA300_PIaudible,BottomRight,13,73_AA300_Did you know that June is National Audiobook Appreciation Month? It is, so in honor of the occasion, I’m giving away an audiobook copy of THE IMPERSONATOR. It’s 9 CDs (11 hours), read by Tavia Gilbert, and you can buy it online at amazon.com for $19.95, or you can test your luck and (maybe) win a free copy. I’ll choose the winner on July 10 from the list of people who have subscribed to my quarterly newsletter–to sign up, click SUBSCRIBE above. And good luck!

Articles & Podcasts

African-Americans during the Williamsburg Restoration

Restoration2The leading local promoter of the restoration of Williams-burg to its eighteenth-century aspect, the Reverend Dr. W. A. R. Goodwin, summoned townspeople to a meeting June 12, 1928, to put his plan to a vote. A College of William and Mary fund-raiser and professor, as well as rector of Bruton Parish Church, he had negotiated the details with the city and county governments. They had surveyed public properties, drafted contracts, and secured the assent of Goodwin’s once-anonymous backer . . . The ballots tallied one hundred-fifty to four in favor, but not everyone with an interest in the outcome got to cast one, as pro forma as these may have been. In those years, seven hundred of the town’s 2,500 residents were African Americans. None attended the gathering. In Jim Crow’s Virginia, they could not enter the whites-only school. Williamsburg’s black citizens heard secondhand the official word that the town would become a museum, and that white Williamsburg had voted its approval.   

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