The 2014 Reader’s Guide is ready.
We hope this gives you some food for thought as you read and/or discuss this year’s selection.
The Manor: Three Centuries at a Slave Plantation on Long Island
by Mac Griswold
“Long Islanders curious about the history of the land we now occupy will be moved by Griswold’s layered account, which continues to the present day.” - Newsday
“The book is strong in its vivid and compassionate description of the horrors of the slave trade… history buffs will love The Manor, and it tells a story that needs to be told.” - Washington Post
“A deeply researched painstakingly detailed story of a forgotten chapter of our nation’s history. Highly recommended.” - Kirkus
In 1984, landscape historian Mac Griswold came across Sylvester Manor, the 1650s former plantation on Shelter Island that has been home to 11 generations of the Sylvester family. After years of painstaking research, she tells the story of one of the earliest plantations in the North, dependent for nearly two centuries upon the labor of African-American slaves, Native Americans, and indentured servants. The book ranges from 16th century Europe to 21st century Shelter Island, where the property, still owned by descendants of the original family, continues to operate as a nonprofit educational foundation and organic farm.
Why The Manor?
The book covers over 300 years of Long Island history and explores the little-known phenomenon of Northern slavery.
The author resides on Long Island and is available to talk at our author events.
The Manor is now the Sylvester Manor Educational Farm and the house and gardens are available for tours.
The subject matter is of interest to a broad range of readers.
The book is available in hardcover and e-book; the paperback will be available to libraries in March, 2014.
This year’s author appearance is fast approaching!
J.R. Moehringer will be at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Sunday, May 19 at 2 pm.
Seating is on a first come, first served basis.
Copies of Sutton and prior works will be available for sale.
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Many libraries across Long Island have chosen Sutton for their monthly book discussion in April or May.
We will be offering a bus to Suffolk County residents who wish to attend the Author Event at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library on May 19.
This trip is open to everyone. Reservations should be made through the library from which you wish to depart.
There are three pick up locations:
- 12 noon – Hampton Bays Public Library, 52 Ponquogue Avenue, Hampton Bays. 631-728-6241
- 12:15 pm – Riverhead Free Library, 330 Court Street, Riverhead. 631-727-3228, ext 0
- 12:45 pm – Middle Country Public Library, 101 Eastwood Boulevard, Centereach. 631-585-9393, ext. 288
All payments are due within one week of registering.
All checks are to be made payable to McCarney Tours in the amount of $10.
J.R. Moehringer will be at the Plainview-Old Bethpage Public Library on Sunday, May 19 @ 2 pm.