Ilyon Woo Tells an Epic Story From Slavery to Freedom
In Conversation with Roxanne Coady on Just the Right Book
In this episode of Just the Right Book, Roxanne Coady discusses the remarkable story of Ellen and William Craft, who escaped slavery through determination and disguise with Ilyon Woo, the author of Master Slave Husband Wife: An Epic Story from Slavery to Freedom.
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Ilyon Woo is the author of The Great Divorce: A Nineteenth-Century Mother‘s Extraordinary Fight Against Her Husband, the Shakers, and Her Times and the recipient of a Whiting Creative Nonfiction Writing Grant. Her articles have appeared in venues such as The Boston Globe and The Wall Street Journal, and she has received support for her research from the National Endowment for the Humanities, among other organizations. She holds a BA in the Humanities from Yale College and a PhD in English from Columbia University.
Roxanne Coady is owner of R.J. Julia, one of the leading independent booksellers in the United States, which—since 1990—has been a community resource not only for books, but for the exchange of ideas. In 1998, Coady founded Read To Grow, which provides books for newborns and children and encourages parents to read to their children from birth. RTG has distributed over 1.5 million books.