Monthly Archives: January 2017

Background: The Back to Africa Movement in the U.S.

One of the ideas this book engages with, tangentially, is the “Back to Africa” movement (sometimes called the “Liberian Movement”) in 19th-century America and earlier. As a scholar of early American literature, I’ve long been intrigued by mentions of this movement in late 18th-century and 19th-century literature—books like Olaudah Equiano’s memoir of his enslavement and… Read more »

Inspiration: Underwater People!

At some point while I was revising A CRACK IN THE SEA, my agent sent me a link to an artist who makes underwater statues—which eventually turn into coral reefs for sea life. Pretty cool, yes? The underwater statues of Jason teCaires Taylor are amazing. Take a look: And looking at those photos of… Read more »