Cape Breton Regional Library

Author Reading: Gloria Ann Wesley, If This Is Freedom

Join author Gloria Ann Wesley for a passionate talk about her book If This Is Freedom, this year’s One Book Nova Scotia read!

If This Is Freedom continues the story of struggle for Loyalist settlers in Nova Scotia after the American Revolutionary War. In the black settlement of Birchtown, times are especially hard for the former slaves. They face the difficulties of a hardscrabble existence and continued discrimination from their white counterparts. Like many desperate Birchtowners, Sarah Redmond has signed an indenture agreement, a work contract meant to protect her rights and ensure a living wage. Sarah’s employers, the Blyes, do not honour the agreement, and Sarah and her family are all but shattered when Sarah takes a wrong step. At once a stand-alone story and a companion to Gloria Ann Wesley’s previous novel, Chasing Freedom, this story about moral courage and the enduring strength of dreams shares history with us in a way that is both honest and emotional. Canadian author, Gloria Wesley lives in Nova Scotia.

Gloria will also present some of the historical context around the origins of African Nova Scotians – the Loyalists, Refugees of 1812, Maroons and immigrants who migrated to communities like Whitney Pier to work and for better lives. Gloria’s companion books Chasing Freedom and If This Is Freedom share the hard times and circumstances that faced Birchtown Loyalists trying to establish themselves in Nova Scotia.

One Book Nova Scotia is an annual province-wide book club that encourages Nova Scotians to read the same book and then meet for discussion and exchange of ideas in book clubs, coffee shops, libraries, etc.

Books are available to borrow at libraries across the province, in paperback and ebook versions. The book can also be purchased at local bookstores and online.


McConnell Library - 50 Falmouth Street

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