Author Harold Titus, of Florence, will read from his novel, “Alsoomse and Wanchese,” at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 8, at the Newport Public Library.
Titus will also talk about the culture and conflicts of Algonquian villagers at and near Roanoke Island (inside North Carolina’s Outer Bank) a year prior to the initial arrival of English explorers in 1584. He will be available to answer attendees’ questions and autograph purchased books.
“Alsoomse and Wanchese” is about 17-year-old Alsoomse, who desires freedom to doubt, discover and aspire without tribal hindrance. She pushes continuously against tribal convention, the imposed role of women, and the dictatorial authority of men, rulers and priests. Her 19-year-old brother’s short-temper and quest to prove himself worthy of his deceased father's expectations lead him into life and death situations and dangerous conflict with his ruler’s top subordinate.
Titus graduated from UCLA with a bachelor's degree in history. He taught intermediate school English, American history, and a drama elective for many years in Orinda, Calif. He coached many of the school's boys’ and girls’ sports teams. He is the author of “Crossing the River,” a historical novel about the experiences of English and American participants in the Battle of Lexington and Battle of Concord April 19, 1775, clashes that mark the beginning of the American Revolution. Excerpts from both novels may be found on his blog site: http://authorharoldtitus.blogspot.com.