Jan. 24, 2023

The Black Joke with A.E. Rooks

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Welcome to season four of Between the Reads! Our first show of the season highlights the work of author A.E. Rooks. We talk about The Black Joke, the most famous member of the British Royal Navy's anti-slavery squadron, and the complexities and politics behind putting an end to the slave trade (which is not to be confused with the end of slavery!). 
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A.E. Rooks hopes to always be a student of history, which hasn’t stopped her from studying everything else.  While her debut, The Black Joke: The True Story of One Ship's Battle Against the Slave Trade, explores a little discussed facet of the transatlantic slave trade and is currently in contention for the Maritime Foundation's Mountbatten Award for Best Book, previous writing credits also include the column "Between the Briefs," for which she won two national awards for sex positive journalism.  A two-time Jeopardy! champion whose schooling spans theatre, law, library and information science, education, and human sexuality, Rooks' literary passions are united by what the past can teach us about the present, how history shapes our future, and above all, really interesting stories.