Local History Book Chat with Will: Unredeemed Captive by John DemosWednesday December 5, 2018
7:00 PM until 8:00 PM
Library Director Will Adamczyk will hold his "Local History Book Chat" this evening which is free and open to the public. The title to be read in advance is Unredeemed Captive by John Demos (Alfred Knopf, c1994). This book was nominated for the National Book Award and was winner of the Francis Parkman Prize. The setting for this haunting and encyclopedically researched work of history is colonial Massachusetts, where English Puritans first endeavoured to "civilize" a "savage" native populace. There, in February 1704, a French and Indian war party descended on the village of Deerfield, abducting a Puritan minister and his children. Although John Williams was eventually released, his daughter horrified the family by staying with her captors and marrying a Mohawk husband.
Out of this incident, The Bancroft- Prize-winning historian John Devos has constructed a gripping narrative that opens a window into North America where English, French, and Native Americans faced one another across gulfs of culture and belief, and sometimes crossed over. John Demos is the Samuel Knight Professor Emeritus of History at Yale University. He lives in Tyringham, MA and has won several prizes for his writing, including for his work called Entertaining Satan.
This program is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. Please join us for a fascinating discussion about a very interesting book.
Location: Conference Room
to go to the Milton Public Library