Upcoming Events

Event List Calendar

Television. Radio. Newspaper interviews. Lectures. Book clubs. Churches. The authors of Tasting Freedom have events like these scheduled this month and next, are planning more each week.

If you want us to come to your event, please contact us.

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August 27, 2011

Aug. 27: Brothers Network Book Club

Sandy Smith, an old friend and veteran university pr man, has invited us to the next meeting of the Brothers Network book club, a group of African American men who meet to discuss books they have read. The 2 p.m. meeting will be in Philadelphia at Robin’s Books/Moonstone Arts Center, on 13th Street just off Sansom, on the second floor.



Start: August 27, 2011 2:00 pm
End: August 27, 2011 4:00 pm
Venue: Robin's book stgore
Phone: 215-735-9600
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108 S. 13th Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19107

August 12, 2011

Aug. 12-14: Garnett Valley Middle School, Glen Mills

The Pennsylvania Civil War Roadshow is visiting the state’s counties, and we’re planning to piggyback with the roadshow when it hits Delaware County Aug. 12-14.  We’re not sure which day or what time yet, but we’ll be at the Garnett Valley Middle School in Glen Mills.  We’ll post again when we get the details.   Murray may be on vacation in m id-August (the slacker), so this could be Dan showing off and going solo.

Start: August 12, 2011 8:00 am
End: August 12, 2011 8:00 am
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July 10, 2011

July 10 — Chestnut Hill Book Festival

We’ll be on the 8100 block of Germantown Avenue in Philadelphia on Sunday for the annual Chestnut Hill Book Festival.  The event is from noon to 4, and Dan and I will be there for most of it, signing copies of Tasting Freedom.  Stop by. Bring us a cold beer.

Start: July 10, 2011 12:00 pm
End: July 10, 2011 4:00 pm
Venue: Chestnut Hill Book Festival
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8130-34 Germantown Ave, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19118

July 2, 2011

July 2: Historic Philadelphia book signing

As part of the July 4 celebration, the organization Historic Philadelphia is hosting a book signing for Tasting Freedom that will feature not only us, but Octavius Catto himself — a wonderful actor named Robert Branch who portrays Catto. If you haven’t seen Catto talk about his effort to desegregate the streetcars or to play baseball, you’ve missed a treat.  The book signing begins at 11 am at the Public Ledger Building, 6th and Chestnut, and should last about an hour.

Start: July 2, 2011 11:00 am
End: July 2, 2011 12:00 pm
Phone: 215 629-4026
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6th and Chestnut, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106

June 18, 2011

June 18: African American Museum

The African American Museum in Philadelphia is celebrating its 35th anniversary with a weekend of events on Saturday and Sunday. Go to the website  — http://aampmuseum.org/index.php/page/overview-8 — for details. We’ll be joining the festivities on Saturday from 3-5  pm with a book signing of Tasting Freedom. Stop by and say hello.

Start: June 18, 2011 3:00 pm
End: June 18, 2011 5:00 pm
Venue: African American Museum
Phone: 215-574-0380
701 Arch Street, Philadelphia, PA, United States, 19106

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A Call to Arms

Click to get a closer look, you can see the name of Octavius Catto at the bottom, as well as his father's.

This broadside is eight feet high and was seen on windows in downtown Philadelphia in June, 1863, as black leaders called a meeting to convince black men to join the Union Army prior to Gettysburg.