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the hanging of marie joseph angelique, black slave

Greetings One & All,

It is with great pleasure that we invite you to the Official Book Launch of The Hanging of Angélique, The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montréal, by Dr. Afua Cooper. Author, historian, and poet Dionne Brand describes Angélique as ‘thorough, original, and masterful’ and the ‘most important piece of Canadian history written in decades,’ while University of Toronto professor, and literary historian, George Elliot Clarke calls this path-breaking book an ‘epic…searching and magisterial, an instant classic.’

The Hanging of Angélique details the life and death of Marie-Joseph Angélique, an enslaved Black woman who in 1734 in Montréal was executed for allegedly burning down half of that city. Angélique flips the script on the discourse of Canada as a haven from slavery because it shows that Canada, from the very beginning of its colonial history was involved in the trade and enslavement of Black people. Yet this is also a story with international resonance. Angélique was Portuguese, and further, she lived in what is now the United States. Her story resonates across time and space, back and forth across the Atlantic, traversing borders, language, race, and nations. Cooper's original research has assembled not only the first account of this story ever published in English, but also the first English-language histories of slavery in Canada and of the Atlantic Slave Trade that includes Canada.


(As seen in October 2005 issue of Essence Magazine)

Afua Cooper is an established writer of non-fiction, history, and poetry. She holds a Ph.D. in African-Canadian history with specialties in Slavery and Abolition. She also has expertise in Women’s History and New France studies. She has contributed to several publications on the history of the African Diaspora in Canada and the Caribbean. She is currently Professor of Black Canadian History and Canadian Studies at the University of Toronto. She is also a recent winner of the Harry Jerome Award for Professional Excellence, and was named by Essence Magazine (Oct. 2005 issue) as one of the 25 women who are shaping the world. For fifteen years, Cooper has been researching the intriguing history of Marie-Joseph Angélique.

Date: Wednesday, February 15, 2006
Time: 7:00 p.m.
Place: The Gladstone Hotel
1214 Queen West @ Dufferin
For more info contact Debbie Gaudet at HarperCollins: 416-975-9334;

In addition to a reading, Dr. Cooper will be interviewed onstage by Prof. George Elliot Clarke. There will also be musical guests.

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